I hit my score cap for the day with a couple of upvotes going unscored, which is what I would expect. However, I then had somebody downvote an answer of mine, which dropped my total score by -2.

Should my upvote "surplus" keep me from losing the two points, or is it (as it seems) strictly chronological? As in, I will have to get another upvote to regain the -2?

Either way, is this a bug or a feature?


It does appear to be running in chronological order. When I perform a manual recalc (as suggest by @ConradFrix), my daily does not change, and even the rescore seems to count scores in the order that they happened. Notice the 6, followed by 0's, and then the -2...instead of the 6 becoming a 10 and the following one becoming 6.

 2   9740571 [6]
 2   9738649 [0]
 2   9742556 [0]
 3   9742816 [-2]
 3   9742816 [-2]
 3   9742816 [-2]
 3   9742816 [-2]
 3   9742816 [-2]

However, I still would like to hear back from a moderator or maybe documentation that denotes this? Otherwise, I am still not sure if this is a bug or purposeful design. If purposeful design, what is the reasoning?

  • Out of curiosity what happens when you trigger a manual recalc at stackoverflow.com/reputation Mar 16, 2012 at 18:38
  • I deleted the -2 answer and regained my points. I will see if I can reproduce this...hopefully I dont get hit by tons of downvotes :-p. I will let you know shortly Mar 16, 2012 at 18:41
  • I just updated my question. This did not work, and only proved the fact...so I am still waiting to hear if this is a bug or on purpose. I personally think it is a bug...but that is me :) Mar 16, 2012 at 18:54
  • So did you trigger a manual recalc? Mar 16, 2012 at 18:55
  • Yes, the info is below the UPDATE in my question Mar 16, 2012 at 18:58
  • @ConradFrix Oy, I will have to double check this tomorrow. When you said trigger...I did not realize you meant the button at the bottom that I totally missed. I had never used that page before. I went to re-verify my test and got yelled at for only one recalc a day Mar 16, 2012 at 19:29

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Yes, you do need to receive another upvote to "re-reach" the reputation cap for the day. And yes, that's a by-design feature.

As for whether the system should be designed to care about chronology, that's a separate question. I think it's actually been asked here on Meta at some point, but I don't know where at the moment.

  • Yah, I tried to find any previous questions, but could not. Normally, I would not re-ask the same question, but you are right, my original question was how. So, I will re-ask with a should :) Mar 16, 2012 at 19:10

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