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Inspired by this question, what happens if:

  1. User #1 posts a question.
  2. User #2 offers a bounty on said question
  3. User #3 answers the question with a horrible, terrible answer
  4. User #2 awards the bounty to the terrible answer because they're confused or they're trying to confuse the rest of us
  5. The terrible answer is flagged and a mod:
    1. Deletes the answer altogether. (Can they do this?)
    2. Converts the answer to a comment or to it's own question.

This is not a duplicate of If a bounty question is deleted after awarding it, what happens? because mine is about a deleted answer.

Does the bounty have to be refunded first? What happens to the rep? Isn't this a possible form of gaming? See Brock's comment:

That bit about refunding the bounty applies to questions. See here, here, and here. No mention is made of how answers are handled. ... ... In fact it would be diabolical if the rep was refunded. I could get traffic on my Q, then award the bounty to an NAA (generated by my sock-puppet, if necessary). Then the answer gets flagged and ka-ching!

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I'll offer a bounty on this question in two days to test... if we don't have a definite answer by then ;-) –  The Unhandled Exception Nov 26 '11 at 15:04
Wait, no, I can't offer the bounty. Someone else needs to. Maybe my sockpuppet can help me here.... –  The Unhandled Exception Nov 26 '11 at 15:09
I'll volunteer for posting the bounty if there is no conclusive answer - might need to ping me though, not sure I'll remember :) –  Mat Nov 26 '11 at 15:26

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One of my answers with a bounty was deleted off late, so here's my understanding:

Deletes the answer altogether. (Can they do this?)

Yes, Mods can delete answers with bounty already assigned.

Does the bounty have to be refunded first? What happens to the rep? Isn't this a possible form of gaming?

The bounty isn't refunded - and like most situations involving a delete, the rep will be reallocated to he community user and not refunded to the person putting the bounty.

The person who won the bounty, however loses rep and this will be corrected whenever the next rep recalc is done.

Case study: Bounty on a question which is now offtopic & closed.

Starting rep(rep was recalc'd before starting this study to negate any other effects):

  • OP: 739
  • Answerer: 14,636

deleted post with 100 rep bounty, 3 upvotes, accepted answer

So - the rep should be 14,636 - 100 - 30 - 15 = 14,491

Recalculated rep for User.Id -> old rep = 14636, new rep = 14491

As for the OP:

Recalculated rep for User.Id -> old rep = 739, new rep = 737

(2 rep drop since the accepted answer is also lost).

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Is there any mention in /reputation at all? And did this indeed get deleted by a moderator? –  Arjan Nov 26 '11 at 16:46
Yes, this was deleted by a moderator(read me :P ) @Arjan –  Sathya Nov 26 '11 at 16:52
Hmmm, hence self-deletion, in a way? –  Arjan Nov 26 '11 at 21:50
The question is now deleted, and deleting the question refunds the bounty @BrockAdams. If the question isn't deleted, the rep listing shows bounty deduction –  Sathya Nov 27 '11 at 2:33
@Arjan It wasn't self deletion, this is the question –  Sathya Nov 27 '11 at 2:36

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