I really can't find a good reference on how the reputation cap works. (If this is an exact dupe, I'm happy!)

Suppose I get 17 upvotes and 2 accepts, then I have +200.

What happens if I then get one more up-vote? Will it increase the rep to +210, or will the rep stay at +200?

(From experience I really thought that it would increase to +210 (and that the effective cap was at +230 due to the two accepts). Today however, I was surprised to see that this didn't seem to be the case.)

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The reputation system was changed. It's real simple now:

  • You can get up to 200 reputation from votes only.
  • You can get infinite reputation from other sources.
  • The order in which you get the reputation doesn't matter, with the exception of downvotes and upvotes: in fact, if you get downvoted after reaching the 200 cap you will be stuck at 198; if you are downvoted before, you can still get at 200.
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    However the order in which you lose reputation still matters. E.g. if you get 20 upvotes, one downvote and one upvote again, you'll have 200 rep. If you get 21 upvotes and then one downvote, you'll have 198.
    – sepp2k
    Commented Oct 29, 2010 at 22:19
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    Do you have a reference for that?
    – aioobe
    Commented Oct 30, 2010 at 6:42
  • @aioobe: what do you mean a reference? My post is correct, except for the what sepp2k said =) Commented Oct 30, 2010 at 22:11
  • @aioobe - I can vouch that this is how it works, any downvotes at any point in the day, regardless of when the cap was reached...that rep can be "reclaimed" by later upvotes in the day. Commented Oct 31, 2010 at 0:30
  • (It still contradicts this though... any idea why?)
    – aioobe
    Commented Oct 31, 2010 at 6:54

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