This is really a mystery for me. What is the "daily reputation cap" that is required to get Epic, Legendary, and Mortarboard badges?


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When you reach +200 reputation in one day you will get Mortarboard.

And 50 days of 200+ reputation gives you Epic.

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    Note: Epic and Legendary include days where you get exactly 200 rep
    – Zelda
    Commented Jun 28, 2012 at 14:13
  • What's "one day"? Midnight to midnight in my time zone? Or in Pacific/Eastern Standard Time?
    – xjcl
    Commented Apr 28, 2021 at 21:46
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    @xjcl see What is an SE “day”? When does each day start?. TLDR: all in UTC.
    – Ruslan
    Commented Jun 21, 2021 at 7:45

You can earn a maximum of +200 reputation from upvotes and suggested edits in any given day. Accepted answers and bounties are counted separately (source). Reputation "lost" from the reputation cap is not awarded on following days.)

This is from the Reputation FAQ.

You can find out whether you've hit the reputation cap. Look here for instructions:

Make sure you are logged in, and visit


So at the end of the reputation report you find a section like this:

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So for getting the badges you need to accumulate the right amount of days you hit 200+ reputation.

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    Oh this explains why I got >200 reputation today... I didn't know the rep cap only included upvotes and edits! Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 22:20

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