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I have noticed this interesting behaviour of the reputation audit: if I hit the rep cap, the rep cap was reached counter is incremented immediately. However, the rep cap was exceeded counter only gets incremented after my first rep change the next day. For example, this is what I saw today morning:

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-- 2010-06-01 rep +262  = 15495     

** total rep 15495 :)

days represented 114
rep cap was reached on 22 days
rep cap was exceeded on 31 days

And then, after downvoting an answer:

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-- 2010-06-01 rep +262  = 15495     
 3   2955997 (-1)
-- 2010-06-02 rep -1    = 15494     

** total rep 15494 :)

days represented 115
rep cap was reached on 22 days
rep cap was exceeded on 32 days

Note that the behaviour is not specific to downvotes - I have observed the same with upvotes too. Today it just happened so that my first rep change for the day was a downvote.

It's not a big issue, but is surprising to me, as I would expect the two counters are calculated in a similar way. I would be interested to know the logic behind - is this "by design" or "by chance" ?

Update: now that I refreshed my audit, it is actually back to its earlier state - apparently the answer I downvoted got deleted as spam :-)

Update2: with S.Mark's upvote and another one, now it looks like this:

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-- 2010-06-01 rep +262  = 15495     
 2   2932490 (10)
 2   2956451 (10)
-- 2010-06-02 rep +20   = 15515     

** total rep 15515 :)

days represented 115
rep cap was reached on 22 days
rep cap was exceeded on 32 days
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I've upvoted one of your answer, so check it again, you should see 32 days on exceeded. –  YOU Jun 2 '10 at 9:38
    
@S.Mark, thanks, it does indeed. Btw as I got another upvote in the meantime, feel free to remove yours :-) –  Péter Török Jun 2 '10 at 9:46
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However, the rep cap was exceeded counter only gets incremented after my first rep change the next day.

I've noticed this and always thought that it was . I assumed that a script runs that checks your daily reputation is > 200 and due to down-votes (both given and received), removal of up-votes, acceptances (given, received and taken away) this isn't stable until after the end of the day.

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I think rep cap exceeded is not calculated for last record, so you need + or - votes on next day. This could be bug, but I am not sure about that, I noticed that behavior for a while ago.

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