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What is the reasoning behind the reputation cap?


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

marked as duplicate by xmm0, fretje, Welbog, random, Stu Thompson Oct 2 '09 at 12:09

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    Do you speak Parseltongue? – random Oct 2 '09 at 11:27
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    SSSSSSSSSSS hsssssSSssSSSSss HHHHHHhsss – Welbog Oct 2 '09 at 11:32
  • Dupe: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/22447/… – xmm0 Oct 2 '09 at 11:37
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    none of above comment i can understand ! – SSS Oct 2 '09 at 11:38
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    I suggest that you read some Harry Potter, SSS. – Welbog Oct 2 '09 at 11:45
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    There's something I would have never expected to catch myself saying... – Welbog Oct 2 '09 at 11:45
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    They're references to Harry Potter stories, prompted by the sibilance of your username. – pavium Oct 2 '09 at 11:47
  • Good suggestion Welbo_g, This weekend i ll spend on Harry porter movies :) . – SSS Oct 2 '09 at 11:53
  • You might not get the same reference watching Harry Porter. – random Oct 2 '09 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 '09 at 11:56
  • @Adam, +1 for rationale – Rich Seller Oct 2 '09 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 '09 at 14:09
  • declined as 'dupe' – Joel Coehoorn Oct 2 '09 at 15:06

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


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...


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


Here are a few blog posts talking about the rep cap

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