Empirically, I see that it is impossible to get more than around 270 points in a day (the system stops giving credit after a while). And yet, when you look at the list of top weekly rep gatherers, it looks like number 1 has gotten around 500 points a day. How is this possible?

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    $\begingroup$ Empirically I know that it’s possible to get $500$ without bounties, having done it on $4$ and $7$ November $2012$. It just needs a lot of acceptances. $\endgroup$ – Brian M. Scott Dec 16 '13 at 7:42

You can get at most 200 points in a day from upvotes. But bounties and +15 bonus for accepted answers are exempt from the cap. Hence, the total number of points one can get in a day is not limited.

For details, see How does "Reputation" work?

  • $\begingroup$ Truly you are wise in the ways of science! Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Igor Rivin Dec 14 '13 at 20:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Igor: Do you want me to explain to you again how sheep bladder can be used to prevent earthquakes? $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Dec 14 '13 at 21:42
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila why, yes! $\endgroup$ – Igor Rivin Dec 14 '13 at 22:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Igor: Sorry, the level of your security clearance is not high enough. If I told you, I'd have to kill you... $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Dec 14 '13 at 22:12
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragil In that case I won't tell you who invented the vacation... $\endgroup$ – Igor Rivin Dec 14 '13 at 22:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Igor: That was No. Six, and that is why he was taken to The Village. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Dec 14 '13 at 22:17
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila interesting theory, but incorrect. Everything you know, is wrong: youtu.be/EtXGKqWz8nU $\endgroup$ – Igor Rivin Dec 14 '13 at 22:30
  • $\begingroup$ @IgorRivin: Indians can be in two places at once! $\endgroup$ – robjohn Dec 14 '13 at 22:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Thomas: Bounties appear to be mentioned in the second sentence. $\endgroup$ – robjohn Dec 15 '13 at 4:05
  • $\begingroup$ @robjohn: I should probably go get a degree in "reading things carefully". $\endgroup$ – Thomas Dec 15 '13 at 4:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Igor: I was expecting something else when you said that everything I know is wrong: youtube.com/watch?v=qits3nn73ks $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Dec 15 '13 at 15:39

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