Today I see an user's reputation tab, where the user received +201 reputation from upvote.

Regarding reputation cap, as I aware we can still earn rep beyond the cap by winning a bounty, accepting an answer, or having one of your answers accepted.

But the user already received 20 upvotes and what was the possible way for the last +1 reputation?

Is that, any of the answer downvoted by the user was deleted or something else? I want to understand the scenario behind the +1 reputation.

Reputation cap

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    Just guessing: maybe the user did downvote somewhere (which might not show up in that view), but could be compensated by the next upvote?
    – GhostCat
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 7:28
  • @GhostCatsalutesMonicaC. Possible way, when seeing the user's Votes cast section in the Activity tab, 13 votes are there for the week.
    – Arulkumar
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 7:32

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What you see is the result of a downvote given on an answer. That is a private reputation event and it doesn't show up except for the user themselves; the downvote costs one reputation which is compensated by an upvote; a public event which does show up for everybody.

You can see a similar thing happening in my reputation history on December 4th, 2019. For you all, there's a peculiar +1:

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but when I view my own profile, I can see it's compensating a -1:

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(There's something else going on here with the daily totals, the 203 is 'right' but the 204 is not: Wrong daily reputation total on profile page)

  • Dec 4th example is more clear. Thanks.
    – Arulkumar
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 8:15

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