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Why do we have a 200 reputation/day limit? Is 200 any magical number? Why do we limit it at all?

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    Why not? What's your suggestion? What's a better limit and why? – Oded Feb 12 '13 at 16:37
  • Why should we limit it at all? – Michael Feb 12 '13 at 16:38
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    To get back in real life after reaching the limit. – juergen d Feb 12 '13 at 16:38
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    So people who are after reputation can get a rest - don't want to have people dying from too much Stack Overflow, as some gamers do. – Oded Feb 12 '13 at 16:38
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    Another reason for the rate limiting is to keep someone who asks a question that gets posted on Reddit and gets an insane number of views in 1 day from getting too much rep from a single question – psubsee2003 Feb 12 '13 at 16:41
  • Because we don't want Reddit users to one day swarm on and upvote Jon skeet to a rep of 73,382,100,383,100,123 – Adel Feb 12 '13 at 17:04
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    @Michael - It's limited because otherwise certain users would obsess over it – Adel Feb 12 '13 at 17:05
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    @Adel It's a good thing nobody obsesses over rep thanks to the rep cap. – Servy Feb 12 '13 at 18:54

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