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I was awarded the Mortarboard badge about an hour ago on the Gaming StackExchange site.

mortarboard awarded screenshot

A little while later, I got an upvote (on an answer) that gave me 5 reputation, and another upvote for 0 reputation. So I was not yet at the reputation cap when I was given the mortarboard badge.

later upvotes screenshot

Is this a bug or is the mortarboard calculated differently than I how I think it is?

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The mortarboard badge is awarded when you reach 200 rep in a day, not when you hit the cap (if I remember previous discussions correctly).

You could look at your reputation report to be sure. The URL should be something like

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Ah, I see. I did reach 217 reputation then. I thought accepted answers were not counted towards the reputation limit only if they were accepted after the cap had been reached? Has this changed? (Then I guess the other 2 reputation points would also be immune, which was me accepting an answer?) – Brandon Jul 8 '10 at 22:11
@Brandon: Yes, the rules were changed a month or two back (when there was a global rep recalc). Accepting/accepted answers and bounties are now completely immune. – mmyers Jul 8 '10 at 22:16

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