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What is wrong with my reasoning here.:

I have 32 upvotes today. I offered 1 50 point bounty already. Since I have some reputation overflow that I am going to lose, I should offer another bounty on some question I asked that never got answered, right? Its like having some free reputation to play with...

Is this wrong?

EDIT -- Im thinking my reasoning is wrong, because my daily reputation summary is stuck on +150. So it seems that even though I have earned a potential 300+ reputation, I get stuck on +200, and then the bounties are applied after, so the final analysis number is +150. Is that correct?

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Do you get rep back from upvotes to "refill" what you use in the bounty? –  Nick Craver Nov 8 '10 at 21:10
@nick that is essentially what i am asking. For example, I have +150 reputations today, because I offered a 50 rep bounty. But since I have 30+ upvotes, shouldn't I still have +200? –  hvgotcodes Nov 8 '10 at 21:27
You could game this by trading bounties with another user that has "uncounted" rep. In this way you would be creating rep out of thin air. –  user27414 Nov 8 '10 at 21:33
@Jon - good point, didn't consider this possibility –  Nick Craver Nov 8 '10 at 21:41
@jon, @nick, can't you create reputation out of thin air by just upvoting? –  hvgotcodes Nov 9 '10 at 14:58
Trading bounties would probably be easier to monitor than cross voting, anyway. –  Daniel Mar 15 '12 at 18:06

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

No, the reputation cap still applies.

There is a maximum of 200 points from upvotes per day.

Losing points to bounties does not increase that maximum.

The reputation counter tends to behave strangely after setting a bounty even for accepted answers, but that is nothing to worry about.

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so if you get 25 upvotes, which is 250 reputation, and you offer a 50 rep bounty, should your total for the day be +200 or +150? –  hvgotcodes Nov 8 '10 at 21:47
@hvgotcodes +150. The last 5 upvotes never count, the bounty doesn't change that –  Pëkka Nov 8 '10 at 21:47
i don't get many +200 days. and i chose the SECOND time ever to offer a bounty (offered the bounty before I got the votes). The Irony is killing me.... –  hvgotcodes Nov 8 '10 at 21:55
@hvgotcodes: remember, it is better to give than to receive. –  IAbstract Nov 11 '10 at 3:11

If you don't earn it, you can't spend it. Basically, if you reach the cap you may as well forget that any of that left over rep exists.

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