This is my total reputation for today:

I just started my carreer as an active member on the StackExchance sites, so I don't have the Mortarboard badge yet:

I am assuming either the 100 rep bounty or the 100 rep association bonus did not count towards the daily reputation badge. Is this intended? If so, I think the user should get some information about this - for example in the notification he gets.

I found something that actually makes me think this is a bug. When hovering over my account name I get this:

The reputation is displayed there but the sum isn't right in the column today.

  • BTW, reputation changes are public info, so you need not blur them out.
    – bool.dev
    Commented May 2, 2013 at 17:55
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    I know, I was doing it to keep it simple to look at.
    – typ1232
    Commented May 2, 2013 at 17:57
  • Now you're at +205 so you should get the badge within few hours. Commented May 2, 2013 at 19:06
  • Congrats, you got it! :) Commented May 2, 2013 at 19:15
  • @ShaWizDowArd hehe. thanks, and at the same time the question got cleared up!
    – typ1232
    Commented May 2, 2013 at 19:17

2 Answers 2


From the Badge FAQ for Mortarboard:

  • Reputation points earned for associating accounts or for accepting other users' answers to your own questions do not count for the badge.

So you did not earn badge because you actually earned 165 (265-100) reputation.

you have a chance to earn that badge, just 35 more reputation required to earn that badge

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    Thanks for clarifying with a good source. Maybe this sould be made clearer with a "This does not count towards daily reputation badges" in the notification "You've earned a bonus for your associated accounts: +100 reputation"
    – typ1232
    Commented May 2, 2013 at 19:16

The badge is not awarded instantly. A script runs occasionally to award it. Give it some time and it should show up.

Additionally, bounties count, but it looks like the association bonus probably doesn't.

  • I noticed this with other badges, but as you see in the image I reached 200 reputation about 7 hours ago. I usually takes up to 5 minutes. edit: actually it was 25 minutes ago, sorry
    – typ1232
    Commented May 2, 2013 at 17:51
  • Could be a couple of days.
    – Andomar
    Commented May 2, 2013 at 17:53
  • @typ1232 It looks like the association bonus might not count. I'm not 100% sure though.
    – yoozer8
    Commented May 2, 2013 at 17:54
  • I just added another picture
    – typ1232
    Commented May 2, 2013 at 17:54
  • The association bonus does not count from my experience. I had something similar happen where I had over 200 rep in a day with the association bonus and never received Mortarboard, and I didn't have a bounty awarded, so my guess is that association bonus doesn't count.
    – TronicZomB
    Commented May 2, 2013 at 17:56

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