# Association bonus given without point requirement reached

This user has only one post, with only two upvotes, and $$121$$ reputation. I was wondering how that could be, so I looked at their reputation tab, which says that they received the association bonus. This does not make sense to me, since they only have accounts here and on MO, and only have one post between the two accounts. Also, their account was created today, so it's not possible to have earned a bunch of points and then deleted their posts.

Is this a bug? Or is there some other requirement for this bonus I am not aware of? There are other instances of association bonus bugs discussed on meta, but those all seem to be delays in getting the bonus, or getting it slightly early, not $$180$$ points early.

• This account looks really old, the network ID starts with 5... This may justify the association bonus. Secondly, I ran a SEDE query and found that the user created another account and deleted it at rep 126--> data.stackexchange.com/meta.stackexchange/query/1089480/… – Anindya Prithvi Mar 4 at 16:13
• User have the option of hiding their communities. That's might be why. – Arctic Char Mar 4 at 16:25
• @ArcticChar Oh, I see! If so, my post might be violating their privacy by making clear they hiding their communities. Should I delete it? – Mike Earnest Mar 4 at 16:28
• @ArcticChar that's certainly possible, but not the case here. – Glorfindel Mar 4 at 16:40
• @AnindyaPrithvi this link is better, because it immediately runs it for the user in question: data.stackexchange.com/meta.stackexchange/query/1089480/… - the account with 126 reputation is their current Math.SE account. – Glorfindel Mar 4 at 16:41
• @Glorfindel Yup, the link. But, the account is not their current acc. Look at the account number 890102 instead of 895424 – Anindya Prithvi Mar 4 at 17:58
• @AnindyaPrithvi ah, well spotted! – Glorfindel Mar 4 at 18:25