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How does “Reputation” work?

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Let me explain the situation:

Last night I capped the daily rep limit, I was still able to receive reputation for answered question of course, but up votes did not show which I understood ( i was able to see the up votes on my post but no reputation was given).

Today expecting to see my last night accumulated reputation points I only saw the reputation from up votes earned today.

So my question:

When will exceeded reputation ( that above the daily cap of 200) be awarded?

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Never. That's the point of a cap. –  animuson Nov 14 '12 at 16:32

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You won't be awarded 'missed' reputation from upvotes received after you have hit the cap.

I think you misunderstood the reputation cap, upvotes after you reached the cap do not earn you reputation at all. You earn reputation for upvotes the next 24 hour period until you hit the cap again, but not for votes received during the cap period.

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@DavidKroukamp To help other people solve their problems, which is why you should be here in the first place, rather than to increase some arbitrary number next to your name. –  Servy Nov 14 '12 at 16:35
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+1 wow, this is new. Than what is the point of answering after you have reached your cap? –  David Kroukamp Nov 14 '12 at 16:35
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@DavidKroukamp to help people –  Sam I am Nov 14 '12 at 16:36
    
@servy fair enough but it was a hard eraned number next to my name of 150 ( alot for me :P) thanks though that cleared it up. will accept when I can –  David Kroukamp Nov 14 '12 at 16:36
    
@DavidKroukamp The "real" purpose of the repcap is to keep you coming back everyday so you don't "miss out" on any rep. –  Mysticial Nov 14 '12 at 17:02
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@DavidKroukamp Even if you don't get rep, you get points leading to shiny badges. –  dystroy Nov 14 '12 at 18:08
    
@dystroy so I see, at least or I would really begin to question the rep capping –  David Kroukamp Nov 14 '12 at 18:11
    
Without rep caping, we wouldn't be able to compete on the month or quarter ranking with old players like John Skeet. –  dystroy Nov 14 '12 at 18:14

It will never be awarded. You can only earn 200 rep per day plus extra points for bounty and accepted answers. The rest is lost.

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+1 thank you never knew this but i find it strange why than would anyone want to answer after they have capped the daily limit?! –  David Kroukamp Nov 14 '12 at 16:35
    
@DavidKroukamp: to earn the accept scores. And to help out of course. Bounties and accept scores (both the +15 from accepted answers and the +2 from accepting an answer on a question of your own) still count beyond the cap. –  Martijn Pieters Nov 14 '12 at 16:36
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And after 200 rep maybe somebody will spend the rest of the day in real life –  juergen d Nov 14 '12 at 16:37
    
Thank you now I get it –  David Kroukamp Nov 14 '12 at 16:37
    
@DavidKroukamp: On SO, I have earned 335 points so far today. The 135 points over the 200 limit are from 9 accepted answers. Apparently that's enough motivation.. :-) –  Martijn Pieters Nov 14 '12 at 16:38
    
@DavidKroukamp And sometimes a user you helped answers something like "great!" or "THANK YOU!" or better, and you feel warm... –  dystroy Nov 14 '12 at 20:29

There is one situation where you might see some of that "excess" rep and that is when you lose some rep later that is tied to that particular day.

If someone unaccepts an answer of yours they accepted on that day, or perhaps a question you answered and got points for (again, on that particular day) is deleted (thus deleting all the answers and your points for it), your rep will be recalculated and what was once excess is used to bring you up to the cap again for that day.

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Oooh I see + thank you nice to know if I see another anomolie –  David Kroukamp Nov 14 '12 at 18:08

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