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How does “Reputation” work?

I was looking at my reputation panel on Stack Overflow today and I found the following. I got 4 points for an upvote on an answer. What causes this ?

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marked as duplicate by BalusC, animuson, Yannis, John, random Jun 20 '12 at 2:55

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See this answer – Lucifer Jun 20 '12 at 2:53
up vote 8 down vote accepted

You hit the rep cap, congrats.

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