The description for Hat Trick is:

hit the reputation cap on three different days

I just earned this hat, but this is my reputation today so far. Note that I have two accepted answers, so I didn't actually hit the rep cap. I hope to actually earn the cap, but I haven't quite gotten there yet:

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  • 1
    Hey, wait, don't tell them yet.
    – user260233
    Dec 16, 2015 at 16:51
  • I thought that accepted answers did count... it was only bounties that don't count?
    – Catija
    Dec 16, 2015 at 16:51
  • @Catija Nope, neither count. If they did count, I'd only be at +200 :)
    – Barry
    Dec 16, 2015 at 16:52
  • 2
    I guess it’s the same algorithm as for determining the Mortarboard/Epic/Legendary badges, which also just goes by the total amount of reputation.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Dec 16, 2015 at 16:54
  • @Wrzlprmft Yeah, but those just say "Earn 200 daily reputation"
    – Barry
    Dec 16, 2015 at 17:25
  • @Barry: Mortarboard also says that this is the daily maximum, which is equally wrong or misleading.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Dec 16, 2015 at 17:30
  • @Wrzlprmft Could fix that one too while we're at it :)
    – Barry
    Dec 16, 2015 at 17:32
  • @balpha I believe this question "indicates a reproducible problem on the site that you believe is due to a mistake, malfunction, or programming error," rather than being "[a] request for assistance with one of the site's features." Why did you retag it?
    – Barry
    Dec 17, 2015 at 19:30

1 Answer 1


Mortarboard (etc) also count when you reach 200, even if acceptances (or bounties!) could bring you higher. From your experience it seems that the hat follows the same rules as for awarding these badges -- which makes sense, as that allows them to use code that's already there. Why invent another potentially-confusing algorithm when the one that's in place will do the job?

  • I don't have issue with the algorithm: hitting 200+ on 3 days seems perfectly fine. But the text on the hat doesn't say hitting 200, it says hitting the rep cap. The wording should reflect what it actually does.
    – Barry
    Dec 16, 2015 at 18:06
  • Oh, it looked like the bug you were reporting was the calculation, not the wording. Dec 16, 2015 at 18:08
  • 5
    Well it's either a calculation bug or a wording bug.
    – Barry
    Dec 16, 2015 at 18:13

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