First of all, let me say that I've searched for an answer to this question, but I couldn't find it. As I believe it has been asked before, this probably only serves as an opportunity to demean my searching skills, but anyway:
Is the following true?
The top contributors of stackoverflow earn more than the reputation cap on old answers and questions alone (from people finding or browsing old questions). Hence they will stay ahead of "the competition" no matter what they do, even if they tire of participating.
- I am fully aware that for the people in question, participating is probably the main point at their level, not gaining reputation.
- I am not offering any opinion about anything, in particular not about the reputation cap. I just had this thought and wanted to confirm it.
- This has nothing to do with my own ambitions at SO (being at a mere 500 rep) :)
Reading the current, well-written, answers I feel could have been more clear. What I was asking about was if my statement was theoretically true, from how the reputation system works. Many has answered about what SO is about and what will be the best way of participating.This is interesting and important too, of course.
Anyway, it has been more or less implied that the reputation cap does not apply to accepted answers and bounties. This clearly makes my statement false, so the answer then clearly is: "No, you are not right.". Thanks everybody! I think Michael Mrozek's answer together with Ether's comment best captures this.