Recently, user Mark has posted an answer to the question: "Why doesn't water burn?" and it has got a score of 78 as of now this meta question has been posted. So, if an upvote of an answer increases your reputation by 10, logically he should have got 780 reputation. But still now, he has 473 reputation. Why is this so?

The following is a snapshot of a part of the timeline of reputation of user Mark:

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(I put the link here to examine this case)

He has got +10 reputation points for upvotes upto 7:37 AM, 12/13/2016(yesterday) and from onwards he didn't get reputation for his upvotes though he got reputation points on upvotes today (i.e 12/14/2016). Why is this so?


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A user can gain a maximum of 200 reputation per day. Reputation from accepts, association bonuses, and bounties are exempt from this cap.

This is outlined in the help centre:

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.

See also: What is the daily reputation cap and how can I hit it?

Therefore, the first 20 upvotes earned Mark 200 reputation yesterday. The other 41 upvotes that happened yesterday gave him no reputation.

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    $\begingroup$ Happily for me, all of those excess upvotes do still count toward tag badges. $\endgroup$
    – hBy2Py
    Dec 16, 2016 at 19:29

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