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If I hit the daily rep cap (with a great overhead, say 40 upvotes for answers, which would translate to 400 rep) and THEN get one downvote, does it still count that I hit the daily rep cap that day?

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up vote 13 down vote accepted

I don't know whether it "counts" for badge and rep report purposes... but you will lose the 2 rep. Of course, it only takes one upvote to get you back on track, even if you've had up to 5 downvotes. But it sucks for the last vote of the day to be a downvote...

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Thanks for stating that is sucks, 'cuz it really does, but I am actually keeping track of the number of days I have hit the daily rep cap and need to know whether it counts or not :) –  Armen Tsirunyan Nov 14 '10 at 8:02
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How would you ever know what it is to just hit 200 and be downvoted? ;) –  Lorem Ipsum Jun 14 '11 at 21:31
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@yoda: What he's saying is that even if you're way past the cap, and a bunch of upvotes have all given you +0 rep, a downvote will still give you -2 rep, which you'll only recoup if you get another upvote later in the same day. –  ruakh Mar 12 '12 at 20:49

Here is what happened to me yesterday / today - and as Jon said, "it sucks for the last vote of the day to be a downvote" (at this point, with that particular answer standing at +70/-3, it sucks a lot).

This is the tail end of my /reputation report:

 2    240635 [0]
 2    240635 [0]
 2    240635 [0]
 2    240635 [0]
 2    240635 [0]
 3    240635 [-2]
-- 2014-10-08 rep +198  = 1046      
 2    240635 (10)
-- 2014-10-09 rep +10   = 1056      

** rep today: 10
** rep this week (2014-10-05 - 2014-10-11): 408
** rep this month (2014-10-01 - 2014-10-31): 408
** rep this quarter (2014-10-01 - 2014-12-31): 408
** rep this year (2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31): 498
** rep from bonuses: 100
** total rep 1056 :)

days represented 29
rep cap was reached via rep from upvotes *only* on 2 days
earned at least 200 reputation on 1 days
earned 0 reputation from suggested edits

As you can see, I ended up with 198 points for the day although I had many "uncounted" upvotes; but "rep cap was reached" counter does stand at 2, meaning that hitting the rep cap at some point in the day appears to have been enough to trigger that count (although by the end of the day I had 198 points).

It's unlikely I'll ever get to 50 days of repcap on meta - but it does make me wonder whether my counter stands at 1 ("earned at least 200 reputation on 1 days") or 2 ("rep cap was reached...") at this point.

So yes - this suggests that the last downvote can take away points that don't get restored; it does leave me wondering what happens to the rep cap counter, as the above is ambiguous.

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If this happened to you, you can actually tell us if it counts!

Go to http://stackoverflow.com/reputation (or http://(sitename)/reputation) to audit your reputation. At the very bottom of the page, it shows how many times you've hit the rep cap. Correlate those numbers based on the daily history and see if the day in question is or isn't included. Please let us know the result!

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It definitely matters when you got a cap and then downvoted and no upvotes for the day. Really sucks. That lost rep should come back. –  Nikhil Agrawal May 16 '12 at 11:31

It happened to me today, and I can say that previously capped points don't come back.

reputation overview

I had enough to get Mortarboard, but now I won't because the last one was a downvote. I started a rep recalculation, and that changed nothing :/ Note that although it shows 273, it still only counts as 198 because Mortarboard is for upvotes only.

See the second screenshot after I got another upvote:

reputation overview 2

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incorrect, accepted answers count now: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/67397/… –  Daniel DiPaolo Jun 14 '11 at 20:06
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Why is there no "official" documentation about that - all is in meta questions and answers that are partly outdated :/ –  cweiske Jun 14 '11 at 20:09
    
The badge description is "Earned at least 200 reputation in a single day". It was recently updated (within a couple months ago, I believe) to say this so that it's clearer that it has nothing to actually do with the reputation cap. –  Grace Note Jun 14 '11 at 20:12

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