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I understand that bounties received do not contribute at all to the rep cap. Are bounty awards immune to rep caps as well?

Scenario

 - [+204] gained 300 rep from votes (capped at 200)
 - [+ 50]  received a +50 bounty
 - [+ 60]  answered 4 questions
 - [-  4]  downvoted 4 answers (note: this can be recovered)

One would sit at +310 rep for the day.

If you then awarded a bounty

 - awarded a +500 bounty

Are you at -190 effectively for the day, or can this be "recovered" from upvote reps, like the downvotes? So is the outcome

  • -190; or
  • -94 (96 recovered from upvotes)

Proposal: If it isn't the latter, can we make it so?

EDIT: It seems Grace has asked this before but that was a long time ago. You know how things age here on SE... I'm making a proposal here as well.

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For starters, you don't pay the reputation when you award the bounty, you pay it when you first post it. The reputation is gone whether or not it goes to anyone. As far as answering your question, though, the answer is that, being completely dissociated from the rep cap, capped votes are still capped regardless of spending on bounties. You don't get refunded. –  Grace Note Jan 25 '11 at 20:57

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