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I was looking at my reputation gains today and I noticed that for some posts I had a net gain of +65 reputation points.

The fact that the number was odd struck me as strange, since I had read in the faq that you would get +10 for an upvote and -2 for a downvote (and no matter how you add/substract/multiply two even numbers, you cannot obtain an odd number).

I looked at the post and noticed that I had gotten 5 up votes and the answer had been accepted, so I supposed that giving the accepted answer would net +15 points, however I do not understand why it is not on the FAQ or a page pointed to by the faq.

It does not seem to take much to add this.

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You also get 2 points for accepting an answer to your question, and that isn't listed either. –  mmyers Oct 8 '09 at 18:34
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Whoa. Seems like a rather large oversight here. –  Matthew Jones Oct 8 '09 at 18:36

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Agreed. The rep cap bit is incorrect too.

Here's the current text:

Here's how it works: if you post a good question or helpful answer, it will be voted up by your peers: you gain 10 reputation points. If you post something that's off topic or incorrect, it will be voted down: you lose 2 reputation points. You can earn up to 200 reputation per day, but no more. (Note that votes for any posts marked "community wiki" do not generate reputation.)

My suggested replacement:

Here's how it works: if you post a good question or helpful answer, it will be voted up by your peers: you gain 10 reputation points. If you post something that's off topic or incorrect, it will be voted down: you lose 2 reputation points. If an answer is accepted by the person asking the question, you gain an extra 15 points - and the questioner gains 2 points for accepting the answer. You don't get anything for casting an upvote, but a downvote costs 1 point.

If you earn 200 reputation in a day, only accepted answers (or "bounty" - see below) will give you any more reputation for the rest of that day. "Days" are measured from UTC midnight to UTC midnight.

Note that votes for any posts marked "community wiki" do not generate reputation - although they can still earn you badges.

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I used this in my FAQ (forceclose.com/faq) hope you don't mind! –  deleted Oct 9 '09 at 1:23
    
That's fine by me. –  Jon Skeet Oct 9 '09 at 5:27
    
Sorry for the time between question and accepting the answer, I must admit I don't come on meta very often :/ –  Matthieu M. Oct 27 '09 at 7:25

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