Is answering a bounty question immune to the daily reputation limit?

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Marc's answer used to be right, but as of March 2010, it is no longer correct. Bounties are now completely, totally, 100% immune to the rep cap. See the blog for the full story:

accepted answers and bounties were only partially immune to the rep cap before depending on the time of day you earned them, but they are fully immune now.


Yes and no.

It depends on "when". If you get the bounty after you've maxed, then yes; it is immune.

But if you get awarded a bounty at 2am (server time), then yes, you get the bounty, but you'll simply "max" sooner.

i.e. (sequence)

  • 15 upvotes; 15 upvotes; 100 bounty => 300 points
  • 15 upvotes; +100 bounty; 15 upvotes => 250 points
  • 100 bounty; 15 upvotes; 15 upvotes => 200 points

It is (in some ways) very frustrating to get for example a 150 bounty first thing in the morning (server-time). But hey, you still get the bounty!

  • That's great to know. I joined SO yesterday, and answered a question with a bounty (I had already participated a bit without an account a few months ago). I made 160 rep today (am I addicted yet?)... So if I read your reply correctly, if I get the bounty granted today, I will get the whole +100 rep anyway, not 40 (just enough to make me hit roof). Thanks!
    – Nicolás
    Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 18:39
  • @Nicolás: correct. But if they accept tomorrow 00:00 UTC, then you get the 100 but it counts towards the limit as usual. Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 21:56

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