I've just been notified that I have won the bronze mortarboard badge for earning at least 200 reputation in a single day.

Yet the same notification tells me I've earned just 199 reputation today.

How is this possible?

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1 Answer 1


Reading the badge description here:

Earn at least 200 reputation (the daily maximum) in a single day.

Also, taking a look at your rep:

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We can see that you already completed the requirements for the badge, that is earn at least 200 reps in a day. You earned 205 reps, which is sufficient condition for getting the badge. The -6 you got are not related, nor affect the badge condition.

In other words, if you made 400 reps in a day (just, imagine you do) but took -201 in downvotes (which gives a net number of 199) you still made at least 200 reps that day.

I've noticed a similar situation regarding the Rep Capping. I have in past days rep capped (+1 on my counter) by having +200/-1 , even though the net rep number was 199.

  • Aha — I thought it was about net reputation gain.
    – gerrit
    Aug 13, 2018 at 17:48
  • @gerrit at first I also thought that, but after several days seeing the behavior of my rep cap counter I concluded such thing.
    – DarkCygnus Mod
    Aug 13, 2018 at 17:48

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