I understand there is a 200 point per day cap on reputation but there are exceptions that would allow for more. I assume one is acceptance of an answer and another is for a bounty. What are the other ways that more than 200 can be awarded. I see some people who gather 290-305 rep points per day. How is that possible?

  • Too bad we can't spread our points out over several days. I just earned over 800 points in the last 3 days, but can't receive them. :-( Wish I could spread those points out over future days where I earn less than 200.
    – RichS
    Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 4:56

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In principle you can earn an unlimited amount of points per day. In practice, the realistic limits are below;

Upvotes - These are limited to 200 rep per day.

Bounty awards - Theoretically unlimited but since there are usually only 400-1000 rep points worth of "bounty" questions available, that represents something of a limit.

Accepted answers - Theoretically unlimited but realistically you're unlikely to have more than 4-5 accepted answers in a day.

Association bonuses - Not added to your cap level but also not shown on your rep graph.

The single highest number of reps gained in a day is 560 760, primarily from a 500 point bonus. The highest number of reps gained in a day without any bonuses is 350.


  • Interesting. Why was I not on that list with my paltry 215?
    – Morgan
    Commented Apr 27, 2014 at 13:14
  • @Morgan - You are on that list. If there was no cap, you'd have received 410 rep points that day
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 27, 2014 at 14:44
  • 2
    Oh I see it now, thanks. I missed that lonely little anchovy, sandwiched between all those big fish.
    – Morgan
    Commented Apr 27, 2014 at 15:04
  • You missed +2 from accepting answers you asked. Commented Apr 27, 2014 at 18:34
  • Note that the order you get this rep in matters. If you get accepts before you hit 200 for the day, they count against the rep cap.
    – The Fallen
    Commented May 1, 2014 at 13:01
  • @SSumner - No longer correct
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 22, 2015 at 9:42
  • @Richard - when did this change? I haven't been following SE's update news.
    – The Fallen
    Commented Aug 22, 2015 at 13:56
  • @SSumner - Dunno. Before I joined at end-2003
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 22, 2015 at 14:24
  • @Richard - you mean 2013, right? :P
    – The Fallen
    Commented Aug 22, 2015 at 22:23

Quoting from the help centre page on reputation:

You can earn a maximum of 200 reputation per day from any combination of the activities below. Bounty awards, accepted answers, and association bonuses are not subject to the daily reputation limit.

These exceptions are the same across all Stack Exchange sites.

On a user page, you can see a breakdown of the user’s reputation, and where they earned it, by clicking on the "Reputation" tab or appending ?tab=reputation to the URL.

For example, your reputation breakdown can be found at


Everything that affects your rep – voting, accepted/accepting answers, bounties, and so on – are listed here, grouped by day so you can see how a particular user scored more than 200 rep in a single day.

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