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In the "unintended consequences" category, I've noticed that since the introduction of the Epic/Legendary badge, I now avoid downvoting unless one of the following is true:

  • I am at less than 200 points for the day, and it's close to 00:00 UTC so I'm unlikely to actually reach the rep cap, or
  • I am already past the 200 points per day due to an accepted answer or bounty accept after reaching 200 points

That is, if I'm at exactly 200 points for the day then I will refrain from downvoting because doing so would put me below the 200 points required for one more day toward Epic/Legendary. 199 points in a day doesn't count.

Discuss.

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motivated by badges much? –  Antony Jan 13 '10 at 0:54
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It's all I've got left! :) –  Greg Hewgill Jan 13 '10 at 1:06
    
fair enough then! –  Antony Jan 13 '10 at 1:13
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I thought Jeff said earlier that hitting the rep cap with 199 still counted? :( –  Ether Jan 13 '10 at 1:33
    
@Æther: I thought so as well... can't find it anywhere though. –  fretje Jan 13 '10 at 8:46
    
@fretje: Actually its explained in an answer here:- meta.stackexchange.com/questions/33189/… –  AnthonyWJones Jan 19 '10 at 20:39
    
Note: 199 doesn't count. 200 doesn't count. You need 201 at least. See my comments of the question meta.stackexchange.com/questions/56620/… (with the new rep cap rule) –  VonC Jul 15 '10 at 19:39

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Surely your motivation should be to help maintain the integrity of StackOverflow (or whichever site) by downvoting where appropriate...

the Epic/Legendary badge will surely be awarded to you in time, and once it has, then likely it will seem silly that you modified how you used the sites just to be awarded a badge...

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It might be silly, but it is that silliness that gets coffee-driven developers through their day. –  Tyler Carter Jan 13 '10 at 2:30
    
Chacha102...I up voted your comment! but presumably the question needs an answer of some sort... –  davidsleeps Jan 13 '10 at 5:13

I am not a huge fan of the approach, but

  1. It is probably fine in the aggregate, since it's such an edge condition anyway

  2. It's your account and you are entitled to behave in any manner you see fit (that isn't abuse.)

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With the new rep cap rules where accepted answers aren't subject to the cap, this observation is actually no longer relevant. –  Greg Hewgill Jul 15 '10 at 19:13
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Greg, I exceeded rep cap today on SF and my one down-vote prevented the exceeded reputation to update the count on /reputation. –  Warner Jul 15 '10 at 19:22

Maybe there should be a badge for missing the repcap due to downvoting someone :)

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