I opened SE a few minutes ago and was pleasantly surprised to see I'd reached 2k rep, and alongside that gained access to mod tools (sehr interessant). I was mostly very confused, since I was certain mod tools come at 10k rep.

By browsing http://SITENAME.stackexchange.com/help/privileges on various sites, it seems like recently graduated sites without designs put mod tools at 2k, where graduated sites with designs put mod tools at 10k. (compare: Aviation.se and ELL.se.)

Searching about this on Mother Meta and PPCG Meta have not turned up anything (because I have no idea what this phenomenon is actually called), so I'll ask here:

  1. Does the rep-requirement-shift come when we get a design (or is it a coincidence?), and
  2. if I still have 2,004 rep at that time, will my mod tools go away?
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    \$\begingroup\$ s/mod.*tools/privileges/g and this could be a more generally-helpful question, I guess \$\endgroup\$
    – cat
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 16:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ Congrats on 2k rep, by the way. :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 16:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AlexA. Thanks :D \$\endgroup\$
    – cat
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 16:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ It'll be awesome to get a new site design, but it'll really suck to lose privileges. I only just got my "trusted user" privilege, and I'll be really sad to lose it. =( \$\endgroup\$
    – DJMcMayhem
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 3:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ @DrGreenEggsandHamDJ I know what you mean; if I wasn't a moderator I would also lose trusted user privileges since I'm under 20k reputation. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 18:06

1 Answer 1


Yes, the privilege thresholds increase when sites get custom designs. See Congratulations, you're graduating!. So if you still have about 2000 reputation when we get a design, you'll still have your edits applied immediately, but access to all privileges above that will be removed. See Stack Overflow's privileges for comparison.


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