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I have been using stack overflow for a little while and whenever I got an upvote, it was valued 10 points.

Yesterday I've got an upvote worth only 9 points without any explanation or downvotes on that same answer. Why is that? Should I specify which question it was? Is there a difference on upvotes by question/tag/user or any other attributes and conditions?

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An upvote is worth about 3.2 microcents. –  Joachim Sauer Dec 20 '12 at 13:06
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Yay, that means only about 819,000 points to go until I get my first dollar! Jon Skeet is already halfway there.... –  Pëkka Dec 20 '12 at 13:30

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

We can only get 200 rep/day by upvote + edit so you have reached 200 rep cap

you earned 191 rep than got an up vote(on answer ) than you will get only remaining rep 9

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it doesn't get clearer than this –  povilasp Dec 20 '12 at 13:39

Congratulations, that's the first time you got to the 200 reputation points cap.

It's explained in the FAQ :

You can earn a maximum of 200 reputation per day. Please note that votes for posts marked “community wiki” do not generate any reputation, while accepted answers and bounty awards are not subject to the daily reputation limit.

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So if I had 195 points and got an upvote it would only be worth 5 points? –  povilasp Dec 20 '12 at 13:05
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Yes, and all the following upvotes you gain bring you no reputation. That means it's time to go outside a little :) –  dystroy Dec 20 '12 at 13:06
    
Yep. Otherwise you would hear of programmers dying while stack overflowing, as you hear about gamers in Korea... –  Oded Dec 20 '12 at 13:08
    
There are plenty of other SE sites to gain rep on! ;-) –  Yasir Arsanukaev May 17 '13 at 15:11

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