I just looked at the reputation history of this user. It does say that the user is not registered. But I still don't understand how this pattern of reputation changes can happen. Please, take a look at the history of changes in the screen capture below:

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How does a user get only 1 rep for an upvote of a question? Why would upvotes after that stop adding to their rep? Is this a bug? Or was this caused by some status change of the user?

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    Presumably they were at the repcap as a result of their question getting 40+ upvotes. They then downvoted something (-1 rep) and then got another upvote. The +5 compensated them for the loss of their 1 reputation point, but they lost four of those points to the repcap
    – Valorum
    Sep 26, 2019 at 22:09
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    They're currently at 198 due to a downvote (-2). If they get another upvote, it'll be worth +2 points to them, not +5 (since 3 will be lost to the repcap)
    – Valorum
    Sep 26, 2019 at 22:10
  • @Valorum ah.. now I do recall reading about daily cap at some point. It doesn't happen on this particular SE site very often though, so I don't even remember where I read it.
    – grovkin
    Sep 26, 2019 at 22:12
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    On my home site (SFF:SE), I've lost more than half a million points to the daily cap. I think the most I've lost in a single day is into the tens of thousands.
    – Valorum
    Sep 26, 2019 at 22:14
  • @Valorum well, I am sorry it happened to you... if you care, that is. I think I am remembering where I saw the cap mentioned... it was in the discussion of bounties. Bounty awards are not effected by the daily cap.
    – grovkin
    Sep 26, 2019 at 22:20
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    @grovkin it happens very frequently when answers get on the hot network question list. 200 rep equals merely 20 upvotes and it's pretty common to get that on a day when you have a decent (doesn't even have to be great) answer on that list.
    – JJJ Mod
    Sep 27, 2019 at 19:34

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There's a daily rep cap of 200 per day. The only ways to go above it are to get the +15 bonus that comes when your answer is accepted or when you receive bounties.

If the user downvoted an answer at some point during the day, there will be a point at which they'll be sitting at 199 rep for the day, hence the +1 for an upvote.

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