I hit my reputation cap, offered a bounty, and got 13 more upvotes after offering the bounty.

The 13 upvotes didn't generate any reputation, so I was stuck at 150 reputation gained today (until one of my answers got accepted). (No, they weren't Community Wiki)

Why can't I regain the reputation I offered for the bounty?

EDIT: Can this be changed?

It appears that this is an unwanted side-effect of the current implementation.

Can it be changed?


Any time you "give away" rep such as through bounties or downvotes, it will decrease your rep cap by that amount. This has been noted in the past as a bug by several of us but I am unsure as to whether anything will be done about it because it seems to be too minor of an issue for some.

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    wow, this decreases your rep cap? I didn't realize that – Jeff Atwood Sep 17 '09 at 21:23
  • Exactly. Can it be changed? – SLaks Sep 17 '09 at 21:41
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    I never thought that I'd see Jeff surprised at an SO implementation detail. – perbert Sep 22 '09 at 22:35

Once you've hit the cap, you're done, other than having answers accepted. I believe if you hit the cap, downvote someone, and then remove the downvote, you stay at 199. I don't personally agree with it, but that's how it works.

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    I also don't agree with it. – SLaks Sep 17 '09 at 19:17

This doesn't feel like an unwanted side effect at all. The OP hit the rep cap. Did you really want:

  • I have 200 rep gain today and have hit the cap
  • I give a 50 point bounty
  • I get to earn 50 points more rep before hitting cap again

If that happened, rep cap days would just be "free offer a bounty" days since you would go up 200 and not really "spend" any rep on the bounty.

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    IDK about the OP, but I want that! – Nick Stauner May 15 '14 at 4:32

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