E.g. 6 minutes ago, I received another upvote from this answer, however my rating is still that of several hours ago. I already noticed this problem a couple of hours ago, but I hoped it would just go away.

What's going on? Do the Prime Evils of Hell prevent me from reaching 5k?

edit: little update: just now, I received two upvotes here, but my reputation only went up by 10 points.

edit2: Actually, now that I look at it, my profile reputation history shows a whole bunch of events with no green "+some number" showing up to the left of it, or wrong numbers (where it would usually show "+20" when I got two upvotes).

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You hit the daily rep cap. Reputation from upvotes is limited to +200 per day. Bounties and accepted answers (+2 for making a check or +15 for receiving a check) do not count towards the cap.

In your case you got 234 rep yesterday (days here are UTC). Two of your answers were accepted (+15 × 2) and you accepted two as well (+2 × 2), so total bonus = 34 on top of the 200 cap.

  • Can I read about the purpose of that cap anywhere?
    – heishe
    May 16, 2012 at 0:24
  • @heishe it promotes continued participation, as well as blocks massive reputation gains which can lead to people earning privileges before they know their broader purpose (or outright fraud).
    – Nick T
    May 16, 2012 at 0:48
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    Ok, thanks :--) (extra long nose for character minimum)
    – heishe
    May 16, 2012 at 1:23
  • @heishe There are also two nice and rare bagdes that involve daily cap: Epic (reach the cap 50 times) and Legendary (reach the cap 150 times).
    – Drake
    May 17, 2012 at 10:00
  • @Drake and Mortarboard (for doing it the first time)
    – Nick T
    May 17, 2012 at 13:17

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