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Does Jon Skeet ever have to answer another question to remain the #1 user on Stack Overflow?

2020 Update: It looks like the answer may end up being "Just under a decade". At the rate he's currently going, Gordon Linoff will overtake Jon around the end of February 2023, 9.5 years ...
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If we do something about the "sandmen" I might consider treating newbies with kid gloves

A system like this presumes that duplicate closure is flawless. And my God, it is far from that. You're basically punishing people for the fact that the biggest broken thing in all of this is that ...
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How can a user earn more than 2000 rep in a week?

You can check the reputation tab on their profile to see where the reputation actually comes from, but in short the daily reputation cap is only for reputation earned from upvotes and suggested edits. ...
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Will the reputation I retrospectively gain count toward my "rep cap" badge?

If the recalculation causes you to reach 200 reputation on new days, then yes, your progress towards the badges will increase. There is no "tick" that gets added to a day when you hit it before. Each ...
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If we do something about the "sandmen" I might consider treating newbies with kid gloves

I believe that part of the problem that SE has is a contradiction between two goals. On the one hand, SE intend their network of sites to become a repository of canonical questions and answers. That ...
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Earning reputation by downvoting?

The system already corrects this on its own. We don't run a recalc on your account every time you change a vote - that's just way too expensive. Instead, whenever your account gets recalculated again ...
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A query, days hitting rep cap vs days a member (rep)

I started off with the query pointed out by Martijn and ended up with this beauty Be careful if you count rows when you are joining tables... Do note that these results might be slightly off because ...
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If I hit the daily rep cap and then get downvoted, does it still count towards badges?

Many years ago, we simplified the logic for the daily reputation badges. They only consider positive reputation changes. That means the script that awards the badge doesn't even look at downvotes, ...
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Why is the rep cap set at 200? Why not 2000?

It's probably more related to what you can do with the reputation than what is necessary to reach the daily reputation limit. For instance, it takes 2.5 days (2 if you have the association bonus) to ...
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Soft opinion on changing the reputation cap

if a user has been a member for many years That doesn't mean they've been an active contributor for years. You could have registered a long time ago, not visited the site in years, and come back ...
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Why is the rep cap set at 200? Why not 2000?

(tl;dr? Skip to the last three paragraphs.) The reputation cap is one of the network's longest-running features, having been set at 200 since the month Stack Overflow launched, if not earlier. ...
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Stopped earning reputation at 313 due to reputation cap, even though I have 9 accepted answers

As your full reputation history from the /reputation page shows, you've earned 335 reputation from votes cast today, not including reversals of votes cast prior to today. This is equal to 200 capped ...
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I have a rep to protect. Where is it?

Yes, you hit the rep cap. You got enough upvotes to earn 200 points. You also lost points because a user got removed. A user removal entry in the log is informative; it tells you that votes once cast ...
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What is the reasoning behind the reputation cap?

I've only recently started hitting 200 rep per day on a semi-regular basis (on rpg.se), and it seems to me the cap has the following benefits, in particular on a site with relatively small active ...
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What effect does serial downvoting have on my rep cap?

None. Reversed votes are marked as "deleted" in the system and do not affect your rep cap on any day, including days where the votes originally occurred. The events in your reputation history are only ...
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When will my reputation update?

It's a bug in the trigger for the repcalc script. Ever since Nick rolled out the new rep system, anything that can cause your rep to get out-of-sync will trigger a recalc. So it should be impossible ...
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If we do something about the "sandmen" I might consider treating newbies with kid gloves

As the "sandmen" are going to get rep, what about "Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions" along with a way they can explain to the questioner why it is a duplicate.
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Can the reputation cap be removed for some smaller betas?

What happens when the site graduates or otherwise grows? Do you apply the rep cap then or leave the site with no cap? In the former case you are going to get lots and lots of complaints from people ...
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What is the daily reputation cap and how can I hit it?

As time goes by, the above answer is no longer 100% correct. Specifically, Reputation earned from these activities (accepting/accepted/bounty) before reaching the cap does still count towards the ...
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Rep-Capped, Keeps Answering

If you delete the answer, your reputation will be recalculated as if the post never existed, meaning you will receive the reputation on other qualifying upvotes for the day instead, since you now didn'...
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If we do something about the "sandmen" I might consider treating newbies with kid gloves

The main problem for Stack Exchange is that their platforms are unwelcoming by design. When new joiners ask a question, they often get dupe hammered, heavily downvoted and/or their question gets ...
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How can a user earn more than 2000 rep in a week?

In this case, the reputation league shows the correct amount of reputation gained. However, there is a bug in the functionality involving deleted posts, which are calculated as if they were not ...
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Bounty should not effectively reduce reputation limit to difference below 200

The point of bounties is for a person to incur a cost in order to highlight a specific question and get it more attention. If there were no costs to doing so, then more questions would needlessly get ...
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How am I receiving a trickle of rep from these upvotes after being repcapped?

Events seem to have happened in the following order or similar: You receive 199 cappable¹ reputation in some way, including 30 for an answer to What does return alone does in C++? 12:43: You receive ...
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How did I get this bit of reputation after I hit the repcap?

Between the upvote that gave you the extraneous 2 reputation and the one before it, you had cast two downvotes. They were both on the same post, and they were both retracted shortly after you cast ...
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There seems to be no downvote rep cap

Why should there be a down vote rep cap? To begin with, if your question gets a 1:1 up vote:down vote response, you're still net positive in rep. You're getting rep for participating, even if it's ...
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Can the max reputation rule cause reputation loss for zero-sum-actions?

The reputation cap will not cause anyone to lose reputation, no. Undoing a vote does not result in a new vote (type undo), but rather in the vote being removed as if it had not been cast. As such, ...
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Is there a cap on reputation lost in a single day?

The daily reputation cap exists to prevent users from gaining privileges too fast without proper site experience. Losing privileges is far less of a problem. Besides, if a user is attracting that ...
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How do bounties affect the rep cap?

I just confirmed this. I hit the rep cap today on Mi Yodeya, offered a bounty, and subsequently gained an upvote on a newly-asked question. My rep did not increase. So, offering a bounty does not ...
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Highest reputation earned in one day on Stack Overflow

That belongs to David Robinson, who earned 1550 reputation thanks to three bounties worth 500 reputation and five answer upvotes on July 6, 2013. The full post and the queue to find that out is in ...
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