What is wrong with my reasoning here.:

I have 32 upvotes today. I offered 1 50 point bounty already. Since I have some reputation overflow that I am going to lose, I should offer another bounty on some question I asked that never got answered, right? Its like having some free reputation to play with...

Is this wrong?

EDIT -- Im thinking my reasoning is wrong, because my daily reputation summary is stuck on +150. So it seems that even though I have earned a potential 300+ reputation, I get stuck on +200, and then the bounties are applied after, so the final analysis number is +150. Is that correct?

  • Do you get rep back from upvotes to "refill" what you use in the bounty? Nov 8, 2010 at 21:10
  • @nick that is essentially what i am asking. For example, I have +150 reputations today, because I offered a 50 rep bounty. But since I have 30+ upvotes, shouldn't I still have +200?
    – hvgotcodes
    Nov 8, 2010 at 21:27
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    You could game this by trading bounties with another user that has "uncounted" rep. In this way you would be creating rep out of thin air.
    – user27414
    Nov 8, 2010 at 21:33
  • @Jon - good point, didn't consider this possibility Nov 8, 2010 at 21:41
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    @jon, @nick, can't you create reputation out of thin air by just upvoting?
    – hvgotcodes
    Nov 9, 2010 at 14:58
  • Trading bounties would probably be easier to monitor than cross voting, anyway.
    – Daniel
    Mar 15, 2012 at 18:06

2 Answers 2


No, the reputation cap still applies.

There is a maximum of 200 points from upvotes per day.

Losing points to bounties does not increase that maximum.

The reputation counter tends to behave strangely after setting a bounty even for accepted answers, but that is nothing to worry about.

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    so if you get 25 upvotes, which is 250 reputation, and you offer a 50 rep bounty, should your total for the day be +200 or +150?
    – hvgotcodes
    Nov 8, 2010 at 21:47
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    @hvgotcodes +150. The last 5 upvotes never count, the bounty doesn't change that
    – Pekka
    Nov 8, 2010 at 21:47
  • i don't get many +200 days. and i chose the SECOND time ever to offer a bounty (offered the bounty before I got the votes). The Irony is killing me....
    – hvgotcodes
    Nov 8, 2010 at 21:55
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    @hvgotcodes: remember, it is better to give than to receive.
    – IAbstract
    Nov 11, 2010 at 3:11

If you don't earn it, you can't spend it. Basically, if you reach the cap you may as well forget that any of that left over rep exists.

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