Hi, I joined the StackOverflow site today and have a question about the reputation. According to the FAQ, you can get reputation for the following 2 things (amongst others):
- Your Question or Answer is voted Helpful: +10 reputation
- Your Answer is marked Accepted: +15 reputation OR the full amount of the bounty, if any
Looking at the answers I've given in my profile, I have a total of 20 up votes across 9 different answers, 3 of which were accepted. I actually had 4 accepted answers earlier on, but one became unaccepted when a better answer was offered.
I also understand that users start with 1 reputation and can gain up to 200 reputation points in a day, so earlier today, I had 201 reputation points, which is the limit. This all makes sense so far.
Suddenly, I noticed that my reputation points had gone down to 186, but I can't seem to make it all add up. Adding up just the up-votes, discounting the fact that some answers were accepted, gives 200 points for that alone. I checked, and I hadn't been voted down on any answers.
The only explanation I can think of is that my reputation reached the 200 limit with 4 accepted answers and 16 up-votes, after which I received 4 more up votes, which weren't counted due to the fact that I was at the limit. When one of the answers became unaccepted, I lost the 15 points for it, bringing me back down to 186. However, those 40 points that weren't counted for the up-votes I received earlier aren't counted now, despite the fact that I have less than 200 reputation for today.
I'm not particularly bothered by it, but I thought I would at least raise it to see if I'm missing something obvious, or if it is perhaps a potential bug (albeit, not a very serious one).