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I have a strange error I got an upvote but I got only 2 rep for that:

Something wrong here 42 rep for 5 upvotes

As you can see I got 5 upvotes but just 42 rep. Could somebody explain that?

Well I read 42 rep gain with no downvotes and 5 upvotes - why? but I got two days ago 252 rep and yesterday 245 which is less. So has this something to do with the day limit?

From the rep page:

 2  13549027 (10)
 2  13549027 (10)
...
 2  13549027 (10)
...
 2  13549027 (10)
 2  13549027 [2]
-- 2012-11-25 rep +245  = 5072
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Don't forget that accepts and bounties don't count towards the 200 daily repcap. –  Mysticial Nov 26 '12 at 8:25
    
That means I run into the daily repcap. I understand that now. –  rekire Nov 26 '12 at 8:26
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

You hit the reputation cap, congratulations! You can only earn 200 points in a Stack Overflow day from votes. The +2 there was to compensate for a downvote you received earlier in the day.

Together with 3 accepted answers (which don't count against the cap) you received 245 points in total.

The day you made 252 points, you only received 190 points in upvotes and 60 in accepted answers. You had not yet reached the cap.

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Thanks. I didn't understand how that limit works. I need to wait for the accept timeout. –  rekire Nov 26 '12 at 8:27
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