I just found a note that showed I reached 10k on 6/14/09. That’s 7 months after my joined date of 11/10/08.

@smudges, I haven’t seen this written down for a long time, but as I recall, it’s basically like this:

There are caps on potential lurve for your posts.

**Cap for GAs.** For any answer you post, only the first 5 GAs that you receive can increase your lurve score. Each GA is potentially worth 5 points, so the maximum is 25. After that, no matter how many GAs you receive, no more points for that post.

So yes, even if you receive 12 GAs, only the first five will count.

**Cap for GQs.** For any question you post, only the first 5 GQs that you receive can increase your lurve score. Each GQ is potentially worth 3 points, so the maximum is 15. After that, no matter how many GQs you receive, no more points for that post.

**Cap from an individual user.** Along with this, there is a cap on how many lurve points you can receive from any given jelly. It is about 100. I interpret this to mean that once jelly J has given you a total of 100 points by way of GAs and GQs (any combination), no more points from J will increase your score. The number is inexact because a combination of 3-point and 5-point scores may not come out to an even 100. Once they equal or exceed 100, though, they’re done.

One thing this means is that if your first 5 GAs on a post all come from jellies who have maxed out on you, you don’t actually see a numerical gain. The longer you’ve been around, the likelier this is to happen. I have seen many days go by when more than 100 points showed up in my lurve feed but my actual increase was zero. When you start to see no change even when you’re receiving lurve, this is what’s happening.

This is why I often wait to GA someone until after they already have 5, so it won’t matter that I’m firing blanks.

A new user’s GA clicks will raise your score because they won’t have maxed out yet. However, new users may have no idea about marking GAs, so they often don’t. You can sometimes see a new user’s Q with a string of good answers and they are all at zero GA until the veteran jellies come along and start marking.

And this, of course, is why it takes much, much longer to go from, say, 20k to 30k than it did to go from 0k to 10k. This was so even when we had a very full set of active participants.

If I have this wrong, I hope a mod will correct me.