I had a bounty on a question that a relatively new user posted an excellent answer for.

After awarding the bounty, I noticed that his rep went up by 200 instead of the bounty amount of 100.

After looking at his rep page, I saw this:

+130 35 secs ago 4 events What is the benefit of becoming a neutron star?
+100 35 secs ago assoc Association Bonus

Did I just accidentally force him to associate accounts somehow? Is this intended behavior?

  • Thanks for the boost!
    – ken.ganong
    Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 15:05
  • @ken.ganong no problem, thanks for the great answer.
    – l I
    Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 15:23

1 Answer 1


"Association Bonus" is a 100 rep bonus given to all site accounts of a given network user, if the user has more than 200 rep on any site throughout the network. This is to unlock basic privileges without extensive participation.

  • Ah, I see. Thanks for clearing that up.
    – l I
    Commented Aug 23, 2013 at 16:57
  • Yes, this means that as soon as you reach 200 rep on your first and possibly only site on the network, you still get a +100 bump just for being awesome.
    – badp
    Commented Aug 23, 2013 at 21:56

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