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?

  • Has this changed since: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3703/…
    – John Rasch
    Commented Sep 17, 2009 at 17:09
  • Apparently it has.
    – SLaks
    Commented Sep 17, 2009 at 19:10
  • other question is 100% wrong; I'm just going to delete it. Commented Sep 17, 2009 at 20:29
  • 2
    Then you should delete these four comments too.
    – SLaks
    Commented Sep 17, 2009 at 21:40

3 Answers 3


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.

  • 3
    wow, this decreases your rep cap? I didn't realize that Commented Sep 17, 2009 at 21:23
  • Exactly. Can it be changed?
    – SLaks
    Commented Sep 17, 2009 at 21:41
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    I never thought that I'd see Jeff surprised at an SO implementation detail.
    – perbert
    Commented Sep 22, 2009 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
    Commented Sep 17, 2009 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.

  • 2
    IDK about the OP, but I want that! Commented May 15, 2014 at 4:32

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