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How does “Reputation” work?

Some one has upvoted on my answer, I can see the vote count, but when I hover my profile link, I see zero reputation with tooltip "You reached reputation cap for this post"

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Searched on the meta stackoverflow, but didn't get any exact answer. So please let me know

  • What does this imply
  • Why it is there?
  • Why it changes daily?
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marked as duplicate by animuson, Michael Petrotta, Adam Lear Feb 3 '12 at 2:14

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oh - and well done BTW :) – Lix Feb 2 '12 at 18:26
up vote 4 down vote accepted

The text is somewhat misleading. You actually reached the reputation cap for the day.

You can earn up to 200 rep from upvotes in a day. Rep from accepted answers and bounties do not count towards the cap.

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In that case why it changes daily? Yesterday it was 260? Day before that it was around 275? For some user like Jon Skeet on Stack Overflow, daily reputation eared is over 500? Any explanation on this – Amar Palsapure Feb 2 '12 at 17:37
@Amar: please read up on How does "Reputation" work? The reputation cap only limits upvotes, edits, and other things. Reputation gained from bounties and accepted answers does not count towards the limit. – animuson Feb 2 '12 at 17:40
@amar as I said, accepts don't count. If you hit the limit at 260, that means you had (at least) 20 upvotes and 4 answers accepted. – Kevin Feb 2 '12 at 17:41
@Kevin: By the way, suggested edits are capped by the daily reputation limit as well. – animuson Feb 2 '12 at 17:44
@animuson fixed, thanks. – Kevin Feb 2 '12 at 17:45
@Amar - To get 500 points you only need to reach the 200 point rep cap, plus get 20 accepted answers a day. No problem! :-) – Bo Persson Feb 2 '12 at 17:49
@bopersson Jon skeet could do that. Us mere mortals have to use bounties to get that high. – Kevin Feb 2 '12 at 17:52
Thanks @Kevin, today I 10 x 15 answer were accepted and 20 x 10 upvotes, counted to 350. – Amar Palsapure Feb 2 '12 at 17:55
@BoPersson, Jon Skeet has reached 515 :) – Amar Palsapure Feb 2 '12 at 17:56
@AmarPalsapure I believe his highest is actually 770, going by the reputation graph. – Matthew Read Feb 2 '12 at 18:17

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