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How does “Reputation” work?

I answered this question on StackOverflow today and I noticed that my rep stopped going up after the 12th vote. I am now on 19 up-votes and my rep has not increased since.

The question itself has not became a community wiki (nor is my answer) so I am wondering if this is this a bug or not?

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    Audit your reputation using stackoverflow.com/reputation . It will show you all of the reputation you've accumulated today: it's possible you hit the rep cap thanks to votes on other items. Check that and see if you haven't actually hit the cap yet. – Grace Note May 17 '10 at 18:36

It seems you've received 28 upvotes today, so you've hit the reputation cap.

But you have the Mortarboard badge, so shouldn't you already be familiar with this?

  • @mmyers: ah no I wasn't aware that your rep was capped! What is the reason for capping I am failing to see the purpose :S – James May 17 '10 at 18:38
  • He only has 247 rep, which means he's only hit the rep cap once. He probably received the Mortarboard for his rep-cap-hit today – Mitch Dempsey May 17 '10 at 18:38
  • @webdestroya: this is relating to my SO account – James May 17 '10 at 18:39
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    The purpose is to prevent Jon Skeet's rep from causing an integer overflow – The Unhandled Exception May 17 '10 at 18:39
  • +1 Fair point @Josh lol – James May 17 '10 at 18:40
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    @James: "How does reputation work?". – Georg Fritzsche May 17 '10 at 18:40
  • In seriousness though is there a real reason for the cap? – James May 17 '10 at 18:49
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    @James: Psst, there is a search on meta too. "Reasoning ...". – Georg Fritzsche May 17 '10 at 18:51
  • @gf: thanks for the link – James May 18 '10 at 8:04

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