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How does “Reputation” work?
How do comments work?

My daily rep is 8 (far from 200) and I received 5 upvotes for a comment here: Converting Float to String Causing Null Pointer Exception

My rep. did not increase, however. Am I missing something?

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Comments do not affect reputation. –  Cody Gray May 18 '12 at 4:16
    
The You gain reputation when: list (first link) is exhaustive. If it isn't there, it doesn't generate reputation. –  Dennis May 18 '12 at 4:26
    
@tigrang The answer on How does “Reputation” work? gives you a full list of ways to gain rep. You can assume that anything that's not in the list doesn't gain you rep. –  Yannis May 18 '12 at 4:26
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Upvotes and downvotes are different on Meta. Making jokes can often help you to accumulate upvotes. So can waffles, unicorns, and freehand circles. Not reading the FAQ can help you to accumulate downvotes. –  Cody Gray May 18 '12 at 6:35
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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Only upvotes on questions and answers generate reputation. Upvotes on comments do not.

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You don't get rep for comments. Comment votes are just for ordering stuff when the comments collapse--and for users to quickly spot the good stuff in long comment threads.

Comments are third-class citizens here, they aren't content. They're also very prone to being deleted--so no point giving rep for them.

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