It seems that it is ever so slightly possible to break the reputation limit, or I am misunderstanding something. Here is what I think happened:

  1. I hit a daily reputation limit from upvotes only. (+200)
  2. I received a down vote. (+198)
  3. I received another upvote (back to +200)
  4. The existing downvote was removed, so I got credited +2

From my reputation tab:

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So we see 277 rep. Answers don't count against your reputation limit, so if we factor those outwe do 277 - (15 *5) = 202. So it looks like I got 202 points from upvotes.

  • This has happened to me at least 3 times. You only need to be rep-capped when the downvote is revoked. You don't need to be capped when it is initially cast.
    – Mysticial
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 19:41
  • This guy has apparently experienced the same thing. Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 19:42
  • Go to /reputation and trigger a recalculation, the +2 will likely get removed due to the reputation cap. Never know though.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 19:43
  • It will get removed due to a recalc I am like 99% sure.
    – JNK
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 19:45

1 Answer 1


The reputation tab is not something entirely trustworthy... When posts get deleted or downvotes reversed it can get out of sync with reality.

The reality you need to check against is the audit log at:


This should show you that the extra 2 rep you have seen on the reputation tab have not in fact been awarded.

  • Yes, the recalc (I always forget about that) seems to have blown those two points away. I've experienced the odd behavior with deletes before, but not with a downvote getting removed.
    – vcsjones
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 19:45
  • Yep... the recalc follow what you see in the rep audit.
    – Oded
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 19:46
  • Is there a link to there anywhere on SO?
    – Kevin
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 19:55
  • @Kevin - To where? The reputation audit? Not as far as I know.
    – Oded
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 19:56
  • 1
    @Kevin it's one of the hidden features of Stack Overflow.. there are much more. Also note that developers can see this page for other users. Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 8:18
  • @ShaDowWizArd Thanks, I'll have to read about the other hidden features when I have a minute.
    – Kevin
    Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 13:50

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