Not for at least a decade
Instead of making theoretical assumptions about what people *might* gain in rep, why not go on what people have actually earned?
Update: December 2017
Using Data from the past 12 months: (Jan 2017 to 22 Dec 2017):
At least 7.5 years
Huge shoutout to @Gordon Linoff who's maintained his frankly awesome pace for 3 years running ...
Jon can't exceed the daily gap without a large number of accepted answers (which, along with bounties, are the only things that don't count towards the gap). To get accept marks, you'll have to keep on contributing.
If Jon were to stop answering, he would still gain 200 points every day for the foreseeable future, but other users who continue to gain ...
This math is pretty straightforward. At the moment I write this, Jon has 606,882 rep and #2 has 463,940 - a gap of about 150,000 rep. He gets 200-400 rep a day, the rep cap plus accepts. (Other answers have said 10K a month, which is roughly 300 a day.) Assume, for the fastest possible catchup:
Jon's accepts stop dead when he stops posting answers
User #2 ...
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 no one could reliably search for a duplicate question.
Can we just fix broken search instead of shooting someone who may be acting in good faith?
I agree completely. In the case of votes on your posts, the sum of (up-votes - down-votes) should be calculated at the end of the day, not throughout the day.
If I have earned 21 up-votes on answers, and 1 down-vote, it shouldn't matter when that down-vote happened, it should be offset by the 21 up-votes. It doesn't seem fair that, currently, someone who ...
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. It doesn't prevent you from also earning reputation by other means, such as accepted answers or bounties.
Consider your rep as water in a bucket, so if you reach your daily rep cap, that means your bucket is full. Now, when someone up-votes you beyond your rep cap, which is analogous to adding more water to the already full bucket - the bucket will simply overflow. Your up-votes at the time of your daily rep being the max are simply gone.
Now, when someone ...
The loss of reputation affects the rep cap of the day the upvote was given, not on the day the upvote was removed.
If you had exceeded the rep cap by more than 10 rep on the day you got the upvote from the now removed user then you would not have lost any rep; the other rep from that day would have compensated for the lost rep.
The fact that you lost the ...
To control your addiction.
If you reach the rep cap it is time to return to your real life. It works for me. And I really think it is a good thing. If we would not have it some people would just go on and on and maybe could not stop chasing that rep all the time.
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 time the process for that badge runs, it just looks for how many days you achieved 200 reputation and sets that as the count for your badge progress.
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 is, they want the sites to become a reference work or encyclopedia. On the other hand, they want the sites to be a place where anyone can ask a question and get ...
Yes, and you will be caught. Don't do that.
Although creating a second account is of itself not against the rules, creating one to transfer bounty is seen in a rather dim light and will lead to a suspension for voting fraud.
The moderators have tools that help them detect this sort of mis-behaviour.
Besides, creating the bounty costs you reputation, so ...
Jon Skeet is about 143K reputation above the next highest users. Furthermore, he has over 27,000 posts. He hit the reputation cap today 6 hours in to the day. Most likely, he will get 200 reputation even if he doesn't answer another question for a long time to come. But that will limit his ability to get accepted answers, dropping his rate down some. This ...
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 next, you'll lose the 1 reputation because it won't make sense anymore. You'll only keep the erroneous reputation as long as it takes the system to schedule a ...
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, and in that regard doesn't actually pay attention to how much net reputation you earned at all. It only adds up the total reputation you gained from upvotes, ...
All you have written is your assumption. If you have lost (not gained) actual reputation due to reputation cap because of the serial voting, tomorrow any reputation you have lost due to serial voting will be given to you.
From What is serial voting and how does it affect me?
Will I get back reputation lost due to the reputation cap?
Yes. Whenever serial ...
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 get access to the review queues (Meta Stack Exchange is an exception) which is one of the keystones of moderation on Stack Exchange. In addition, on beta sites, ...
(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. Records from back then are... spotty.
Many features we take for granted today, like restricted editing, review queues, and association bonuses, didn't ...
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 while basically knowing nothing more than an average new user who just signed up.
they know all about the Stack Exchange policies and all that
How do you propose ...
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 membership:
It stops certain individuals from answering too many questions, as they are likely to stop answering once their daily cap has been reached.
I spent some time looking at this (with @NickCraver), and there's just not a reasonable way for us to calculate this sort of negative-rep backfill in realtime efficiently, and it makes a pretty substantial mess of historical rep calculations (i.e., questions being closed causes a reputation recalc). That's not to say that the arguments made by @...
You got several downvotes during the day.
hit the cap
got 4 downvotes to put you -8 below the cap
got another upvote, you get +8 to hit the cap again
got another downvote, putting you -2 below the cap
got another upvote, you hit the cap again with +2
then that explains exactly the pattern you see.
Then again, when you hit the rep cap and there ...
Due to the Bike Shed Problem answers to easy questions tend to get more votes since more people are able to recognize the correct answer when they see it. Without the rep cap those that answered simple questions would gain rep a lot faster than those who answered an equal amount of difficult questions.
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 there to keep track of your reputation (because it's weird if your reputation just changes dramatically with nothing to tell you why).
This functions the same ...
My rep was capped on 26 days but I reached 200 on only 23 days?
I manually went through all of your reputation and this seems to be the case.
Prior to Nov 19, you hit the rep cap (from upvotes only) exactly 26 times.
However, there are 3 instances where you didn't gain a net of 200. This explains the 23 days..
I don't know if this is a bug or not. ...
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 for your actual rep to stay out-of-sync.
But Shog as confirmed a possible bug in the logic that determines when a recalc should be done.
Correct Behavior: ...