I may have just hit exceeded the reputation cap for the first time:

 -- 2010-12-11 rep +210  = 2221 

When nothing popped up to tell me I'd been awarded the Mortarboard badge, I started wondering. I came to meta to see how these badges are calculated, but I've ended up just getting more confused.

It seems the rep limit rules were changed at some point, so I'm not sure now if the rep limit is based on upvotes only (i.e. get 20 upvotes on answers in a day) or rep from any source (for me, today, I have 120 rep from upvotes, and 90 rep from my 6 accepted answers - also a record for me).

Basically, I want to know if I'm going to get my badge, or if I need to find another 6 upvotes today. Also, when would this badge be awarded? Is it an end-of-the-day thing, or would it be immediate?

  • You should get the badge. If after 24 hours you haven't received the badge, then there may be a problem.
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Dec 11, 2010 at 15:44
  • You have the badge at SO right now. Commented Dec 11, 2010 at 20:11
  • @Hans: Sweet! I guess it just took a couple hours before the system noticed. Commented Dec 11, 2010 at 20:50
  • So, because it isn't clear by the accepted answer, Rep-Cap-Badges are awarded based on (total rep for day) >= 200 not only those from upvotes?
    – corsiKa
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 5:57

1 Answer 1


It usually takes some time before the system notices your achievement and gives you your badge.

  • Yeah, I noticed. I was just worried/annoyed because I worked hard to finally hit the rep cap, and then wasn't sure I had actually done it. It turns out I only hit the soft cap (200 from any source) that day, but still got the badge. I then went on to hit the hard cap (200 from upvotes only) the next day. Commented Dec 16, 2010 at 4:46

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