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I was wondering why there is a 1000 reputation reward limit for accepted edits. I started to be more active in fixing code indent and other things among SO questions and I was enjoying the fact that this would bring me +2 for every accepted edit. I was thinking of fixing a few questions every time I was bored so that I could have gained reputation and helped people to read questions. But suddenly I discovered that there's a 1000 limit on this feature.

The other way to gain reputation is by suggesting edits to existing posts as a new registered user. Each edit will be peer reviewed, and if it is accepted, you will earn +2 reputation. You can only earn a maximum of +1000 (500 edits) total reputation through suggested edits, however.

I admit this discouraged me a lot.

Is this in order to block stupid edits from reputation whores? Why don't just add a per-day limit instead?

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There is also a per-day limit - edit rewards count towards the daily reputation cap of 200. –  Grace Note Mar 7 '11 at 14:37
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But why is there this 1.000 limit? –  Jefffrey Mar 7 '11 at 14:38
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500 edits will also qualify you for the the "Copy Editor" badge - not a mean achievement. –  ChrisF Mar 7 '11 at 14:39
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if having a limit to your +2 reputation bonus is discouraging then you might get really discouraged when you reach the rep that allows editing and you get no reputation bonus. –  jzd Mar 7 '11 at 14:41
    
Most of the time, I am lazy to edit myself, so I am upvoting you here. –  YOU Mar 7 '11 at 14:48

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Reputation is awarded for posts, not for edits. High reputation users who can edit posts without review don't get any reputation whatsoever for their edits.

You can get up to 1,000 as an encouragement to get familiar with the edit system and so that you will get in the habit of doing it, but you won't get rep forever for the work.. It's more of a one time thing (or 500 times thing in this case).

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Four legsEdits good, two legsanswers better

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Not sure if this will always be true. My (anecdotal) impression is SO quality is degrading as popularity increases. If that continues it seems editing should be strongly encouraged to keep the quality level high. The worse things get the more editing is needed. –  Sean Mar 8 '12 at 18:35

People with 1000 or more reputation don't, or at least shouldn't, have to be "incentivized" to edit.

That is reflected in the fact that their edits "stick" without peer review.

It's the "newbies," (less than 1000 rep) that (presumably) need to be "walked" through the process. They get 2 points each for approved (not all) edits.

At some point, the "training wheels" are removed.

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