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The description for Hat Trick is:

hit the reputation cap on three different days

First of all, I'm not complaining :)

I received this hat (hard to say "earned") a couple of hours ago, without actually reaching 200 (yet).

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  • I think that -1 may be the cause. Probably the system counts upvote and downvotes separately. – SPArchaeologist Dec 16 '15 at 19:30
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The down votes you cast are private, therefore they don't count - you have reached 200 rep.

Neither does count the system, as it doesn't in case with the rep cap badges (Mortarboard, Epic, Legendary).

(what will I see after you get an up vote? I'll see that you've earned 201 rep :)

  • Makes sense! I'll have to test that 201 rep thing :) – janos Dec 16 '15 at 19:57
  • Yes, this hat uses the same definition as the rep cap badges @janos. – balpha Dec 16 '15 at 20:41

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