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What is the motivation behind capping daily reputation points at 200? Is it because the mods think we should spend some time with our kids? And eat. And sleep. And bathe.

And, if it's not clear, this post is meant to be taken lightly. ;)

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    $\begingroup$ meta.stackexchange.com/questions/22447/… (Just a point of clarification: mods are elected on a per-site basis and have no power beyond the site on which they are moderators, and furthermore they are not all-powerful. StackExchange employees are the ones who decide things like "reputation cap" and other site design items, and they also have moderator powers on every site.) $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Sep 12 '15 at 21:48
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. The phone app doesn't Identify potential duplicate questions as does the desktop site. $\endgroup$ – Adam Hrankowski Sep 12 '15 at 21:52
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    $\begingroup$ I think the limit should be 201. $\endgroup$ – copper.hat Sep 20 '15 at 6:16
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It's one of the measures introduce to prevent large, rapid changes of reputation, which may be caused by external factors. For example, this answer got 144 upvotes in the first two days of existence. It's a good one, but the number of votes had to do more with the question being linked from Y Combinator than with the intrinsic qualities of the question and answer. The decision to not awarding 1440 reputation that quickly seems prudent.

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    $\begingroup$ More generally the designers decided there shouldn't be any action you could take on this website in an arbitrary high/fast amount. There are limits on (almost?) everything. $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Sep 13 '15 at 6:22
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    $\begingroup$ Might be a good model for the stock market to follow. $\endgroup$ – user153918 Sep 21 '15 at 16:34
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    $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi There doesn't seem to be a limit on the "favorite" action: I tried clicking the star as fast and for as long as I was able [without risking RSI], no error message. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Sep 21 '15 at 17:53
  • $\begingroup$ @NormalHuman probably because it doesn't matter, no one gets rep, no loses it, no information is gained or lost, therefore nobody cares about somebody rapidly changing there mind. $\endgroup$ – tox123 Sep 22 '15 at 1:38
  • $\begingroup$ @tox123 OTOH, there is a limit on how often you can change your hat during WinterBash. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Sep 22 '15 at 1:41
  • $\begingroup$ @NormalHuman was there? I never noticed, as in a max amount or a speed limit? $\endgroup$ – tox123 Sep 22 '15 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ @tox123 no more than once every 10 seconds $\endgroup$ – user147263 Sep 22 '15 at 13:01

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