Why is there a 1000 reputation reward limit for accepted edits? I started to be more active in fixing code indentation, and other things, in Stack Overflow questions, and I was enjoying the fact that this would bring me 2 reputation for every accepted edit. I was thinking of fixing a few questions every time I was bored so that I could gain reputation and help people to read questions. But suddenly I discovered that there's a 1000 limit on this feature.

The other way to gain reputation is by suggesting edits to existing posts as a new registered user. Each edit will be peer reviewed, and if it is accepted, you will earn +2 reputation. You can only earn a maximum of +1000 (500 edits) total reputation through suggested edits, however.

I admit this discouraged me a lot.

Is this in order to block people from making edits just for reputation gain? Why don't we just add a per-day limit instead?

  • There is also a per-day limit - edit rewards count towards the daily reputation cap of 200.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Mar 7, 2011 at 14:37
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    But why is there this 1.000 limit?
    – Shoe
    Commented Mar 7, 2011 at 14:38
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    500 edits will also qualify you for the the "Copy Editor" badge - not a mean achievement.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Mar 7, 2011 at 14:39
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    if having a limit to your +2 reputation bonus is discouraging then you might get really discouraged when you reach the rep that allows editing and you get no reputation bonus.
    – jzd
    Commented Mar 7, 2011 at 14:41
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    Most of the time, I am lazy to edit myself, so I am upvoting you here.
    – YOU
    Commented Mar 7, 2011 at 14:48

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Reputation is awarded for posts, not for edits. High reputation users who can edit posts without review don't get any reputation whatsoever for their edits.

You can get up to 1,000 as an encouragement to get familiar with the edit system and so that you will get in the habit of doing it, but you won't get rep forever for the work.. It's more of a one time thing (or 500 times thing in this case).

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    There's already a limit once you reach 2000 reputation since then you edit without review. I don't really see the point in having another limit. Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 21:47

Four legsEdits good, two legsanswers better

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    Not sure if this will always be true. My (anecdotal) impression is SO quality is degrading as popularity increases. If that continues it seems editing should be strongly encouraged to keep the quality level high. The worse things get the more editing is needed.
    – Sean
    Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 18:35
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    That's why you get 2 rep instead of 10, isn't it? I was even thinking of giving +1 rep for comment upvotes.
    – EvgenKo423
    Commented Apr 4, 2021 at 13:36

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