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I was taking a look at http://stackoverflow.com/reputation and I saw something like this:

 2   4391811 (10)
 2   4580949 (10)
 2   4580630 [2]

I noticed that I have just another reputation log with [ ] and I wonder what it means. Just curiosity. (in the case above, I didn't accepted any answer nor get un-downvoted, so not sure why I earned 2 points).

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

It means that you didn't earn the full reputation from that vote as you've hit the reputation cap for the day.

The exception to this is reputation earned from acceptances (and possibly bounties). Before the rep cap they are displayed with round brackets, after with square.

Before the rep cap:

2 291 (10)
1 291 (15)
2 291 (10)

and after:

2 2676798 [0]
1 2676798 [15]
2 2676798 [0]

Basically any reputation changing event after you've hit the rep cap will be displayed with square brackets. The number inside showing how much reputation (if any) you won or lost (i.e. a down-vote).

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Accepted answers counts however. Yet they are braced as well. –  BalusC Jan 2 '11 at 23:58
    
@BalusC - they only have square brackets if you get the acceptance after hitting the rep cap. Before and they're in round brackets. –  ChrisF Jan 3 '11 at 13:39
    
But you do earn reputation on them while your answer suggests that you don't earn (full) reputation on square bracketed scores. –  BalusC Jan 3 '11 at 13:45
    
@BalusC - that is also true. I'll update the answer. –  ChrisF Jan 3 '11 at 13:47

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