I've just hit the reputation cap (been a long time since I did that on MathOverflow) so all my incentives for answering or asking questions today have just defenestrated.

Flippancy aside, when is the "day" calculated from? At what point can I start accumulating reputation again?

  • Seems to be UTC. Commented Jul 27, 2010 at 14:23
  • The day Starcraft 2 launches?
    – Sharpie
    Commented Jul 27, 2010 at 17:01
  • What's the cap? I want a badge =)
    – Dima
    Commented Jul 27, 2010 at 17:26
  • @Dima 200. See "What is reputation?" in the faq Commented Jul 27, 2010 at 17:45
  • Is there actually a rep cap? Looking at my or especially ShreevatsaR’s reputation, I’d say no: the site has only existed for today and ShreevatsaR has already accumulated more rep than possible, even accounting for the accepted answer bonuses. Commented Jul 27, 2010 at 18:09
  • There definitely is a cap, I hit it today. I think what happened is that the private beta started just a few hours before midnight UTC, so the site's first "day" of existence was really only 3 or 4 hours long. And yet that was enough time for ShreevatsaR and maybe a couple others to hit the cap once. Now we're on the second UTC day.
    – David Z
    Commented Jul 27, 2010 at 18:38
  • @David: my point is that ShreevatsaR has more points than two days of rep-capping, plus all bonuses, allow. But I’ve just hit the rep cap too. Commented Jul 27, 2010 at 20:11
  • @Konrad: Ouch; my reputation is among the highest?! I should spend less time here. But note that we started with reputation of 101, not 0. I think at the end of the first day, my rep was probably 301. Commented Jul 27, 2010 at 23:00
  • I didn't start with 101 - I definitely started at 0! I hit the rep cap at 215 (I guess that 15 or so didn't count in the count). Commented Jul 28, 2010 at 7:28
  • @ShreevatsaR: Duh. 101, right. All’s fine then. Commented Jul 28, 2010 at 12:47
  • @Andrew: As far as I know the 100 extra points are awarded to active users of the other Stack Exchange sites, i.e. when you associate your account with the accounts on other sites. Commented Jul 28, 2010 at 12:48

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It's the same as all the other sites, UTC. You can see the current time on the Recent Activity page (the envelope icon next to your name), at the bottom:

all times are in UTC; the current time is 2010-07-27 17:42:32Z

See also: When does a day start? on the SO meta

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