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What is the reasoning behind the reputation cap?

There has been a lot of talk about the daily reputation cap and what counts and what doesn't count and so on. But why is there a cap at all? I've seen lots of questions about whether the cap number ...
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Diminishing returns / non-linear reputation from “great” answers

Over time I realized a very annoying property of the Stack Overflow reputation system: Easy answers to popular question are rewarded with a lot more reputation points than actually great answers. In ...
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I think I have too much reputation: nearly all of it comes from one quickly-fired-off answer

About a year ago, I answered this question. And lots of people seem to like it. But it seems strange to me that so much of my reputation comes from just this one answer. I get 10-30 reputation per ...
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Allow rep lost to the repcap to be used for bounties

This was prompted by this chat message: @PearsonArtPhoto We're each losing at least 140 rep today due to rep cap ... we should put in motion idea to be able to spend excess rep on bounties, maybe ...
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Does it make sense to have a negative rep cap for Meta posts?

I've been thinking (and posting) a lot about voting and one issue that's come up over and over is the chilling effect that downvoting can have on Meta discussions and feature-requests. Downvoting is ...
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Shouldn't rep gains from old questions & answers eventually stop (or at-least reduce)?

I see profiles of Jon Skeet, BalusC, Mysticial etc and realize that even if they were to go inactive, it'll take years to beat them in terms of total rep, because they'll hit the rep cap every single ...
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What should I do if my accepted answer is not the best one?

If you look at this question, my answer is the accepted one because it was the first to be posted, but the most upvoted one is clearly better than mine (and has been consequently upvoted) What should ...
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Should there be an upper rep gain limit for answers?

Here is an interesting list of questions: All top voted answers on non Wiki questions: select top 20 '[' + q.Title + '](' + 'https://stackoverflow.com/questions/' + cast(q.Id as varchar(max)) + ' "...
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How much of a high-rep user's rep comes from previously answered questions? [closed]

When a user has been on SO (or any SE site) for a long time and has a large bank of good questions and answers, he might get old questions and answers upvoted when they are found by users via a search,...
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Isn't Stack Overflow a bit like the Stonecutter's club? [closed]

Behind the scenes there appears to be a great hierarchy of highly educated individuals. To enter this secret club you require great scores of reputation. Once entered you are coveted by other members ...
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Clarifying the criteria for when rep from deleted posts is maintained

According to the blog: [I]f you've contributed something worthwhile to the site, you should keep the reputation for that even if it eventually gets deleted. "Worthwhile" here is defined as, ...
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How to relate a comment to a specific comment?

How to relate a comment to a specific comment in case of multiple comments by a single SO user or when you are commenting on a specific comment which is not recent but which is down below (older) then ...
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Should we have a new “Trending Users” reputation league that is weighted towards recent content?

The reputation league is a good motivator to keep people participating. I think it would be interesting to see a new feature which showed a further split for 'trending users: reputation earned only ...
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1answer
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Making over-the-cap reputation useful

Assuming that continuing to earn votes after hitting the daily reputation cap is considered a "Good Thing" (i.e. a behavior that the site would like to promote), I think it would be nice to think of ...
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Limiting rep per post

My apologies if I ask this wrongly. There are so many related topics to this and I tried to read through the biggest ones. The discussion that caught my attention the most and what I would like to ...

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