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What is the reasoning behind the reputation cap?

Hi

I am just curious about why reputation has been limited to 200 per day.I know up to some extent it does not matter, But even if we get more than 200 a day there is nothing bad.

Regards SSS

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    Do you speak Parseltongue?
    – random
    Oct 2, 2009 at 11:27
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    SSSSSSSSSSS hsssssSSssSSSSss HHHHHHhsss
    – Welbog
    Oct 2, 2009 at 11:32
  • Dupe: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/22447/…
    – mmx
    Oct 2, 2009 at 11:37
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    none of above comment i can understand !
    – SSS
    Oct 2, 2009 at 11:38
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    I suggest that you read some Harry Potter, SSS.
    – Welbog
    Oct 2, 2009 at 11:45
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    There's something I would have never expected to catch myself saying...
    – Welbog
    Oct 2, 2009 at 11:45
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    They're references to Harry Potter stories, prompted by the sibilance of your username.
    – pavium
    Oct 2, 2009 at 11:47
  • Good suggestion Welbo_g, This weekend i ll spend on Harry porter movies :) .
    – SSS
    Oct 2, 2009 at 11:53
  • You might not get the same reference watching Harry Porter.
    – random
    Oct 2, 2009 at 11:55
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    @SSS: Good idea. Some of the movies are pretty entertaining, especially the part where Voldemort turns out to be Harry's father.
    – Welbog
    Oct 2, 2009 at 11:56
  • @Adam, +1 for rationale Oct 2, 2009 at 13:58
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    @random: But he might enjoy more, specially if he watches the sequels, The Prisoner of Barley Wine and The Half-Pint Cream Stout
    – perbert
    Oct 2, 2009 at 14:09
  • declined as 'dupe' Oct 2, 2009 at 15:06

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If it wasn't limited to 200 a day, Jon Skeet's score would continuously raise ArithmeticOverflow exceptions.

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Jeff has written about this and spoken about it in a podcast or two - and it boils down to two words: rate limiting. Without some form of rate limiting it becomes trivial to game the system and garner high rep with no real contributions.

For those that are genuinely contributing, yes it doesn't matter if you get 200 or 2000 rep a day - but for those that are not...

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To limit the amount of time anyone spends on the site. If rep was unlimited we'd all be on here all day everyday.

Ah - I see we are anyway

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Here are a few blog posts talking about the rep cap

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