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.) $\endgroup$ Sep 12, 2015 at 21:48
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. The phone app doesn't Identify potential duplicate questions as does the desktop site. $\endgroup$
    – MathAdam
    Sep 12, 2015 at 21:52
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    $\begingroup$ I think the limit should be 201. $\endgroup$
    – copper.hat
    Sep 20, 2015 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. $\endgroup$ Sep 13, 2015 at 6:22
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    $\begingroup$ Might be a good model for the stock market to follow. $\endgroup$
    – user153918
    Sep 21, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 at 1:38
  • $\begingroup$ @tox123 OTOH, there is a limit on how often you can change your hat during WinterBash. $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    Sep 22, 2015 at 1:41
  • $\begingroup$ @NormalHuman was there? I never noticed, as in a max amount or a speed limit? $\endgroup$
    – tox123
    Sep 22, 2015 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ @tox123 no more than once every 10 seconds $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    Sep 22, 2015 at 13:01

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