It seems like this user's reputation for 2013-10-18 ("yesterday" as of this posting), has somehow exceeded the rep cap. His rep for the day is:

  • 4 x accept (15) = 60
  • 34 x counted upvote (10) = 340
  • other upvotes that did not count (due to rep cap)
  • no other rep activity (bounties etc)
  • Total 400

My understanding is that the maximum should have been 260, 200 in upvotes (capped) plus the 4 accepts (60).

How is it that so many upvotes counted?

If it's legitimate, I like to learn how he did it :)

  • Could it have anything to do with the immediately following "-140 serial voting reversal"?!
    – Kerrek SB
    Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 23:38

1 Answer 1


There was a serial upvote reversed, so you will find a corresponding -140 a day later. So

200 rep: normal cap
 60 rep: 4 accepts, which are not capped
140 rep: not counted because it was reversed

400 rep: total for the day.


Serial upvoting happens when someone indiscriminately upvotes answers of a different account. In this case, 14 upvotes were invalidated the next day, bringing the rep total for the previous day 140 under the repcap. In consequence, 14 other up votes, which previously brought no rep because of the cap, are since counted as positive rep.

  • Sure, but why did the 140 count the day before? Shouldn't it just be -140 on the day later? Doesn't that mean there's a net zero for the minus now? (I don't even know what a serial upvote is btw)
    – Bohemian
    Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 23:49
  • @Bohemian The day gets recalculated upon a reversal as if those votes had never occurred. You might be interested in this proposal of mine which would make that clearer.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 23:52
  • I get how it was reversed, but I don't get why it counted the day before. Why is it not just 260 for the day? Presumably the reversal is supposed to be a negative impact, it appears here as if it's a neutral impact
    – Bohemian
    Commented Oct 20, 2013 at 0:03
  • @Bohemian Because those votes were not capped originally - other votes amounting to 140 reputation got capped and thus didn't count. Upon reversing them the following day, you gained 140 from other votes the previous day to compensate.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Oct 20, 2013 at 0:22
  • @animuson got it. for something that complex, putting in an explanatory item as you suggested would be the easy part.
    – Bohemian
    Commented Oct 20, 2013 at 1:07

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