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Is losing privileges after placing bounty OK?

I gained 2000 reputation on SO, and received Edit Questions and Answers privilege.

Then I started a 100 reputation bounty, and privilege went away.

Is this a bug or a feature? Don't you think that privileges should be persistent?

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marked as duplicate by Gilles, Shadow Wizard, Tim Post Feb 20 '12 at 13:29

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@Gilles nice find, almost word in word copy, lol.. –  Shadow Wizard Feb 20 '12 at 13:19
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Totally by design.

Privilege is granted based on reputation alone - once the reputation drop below the required threshold, you won't have the privilege anymore.

Unlike badges, privileges are not for decoration only - they have actual use. So no, they should not be persistent.

For example, suspension is based on reducing the suspended user reputation to 1 - this effectively strips the user from all privileges he might had.

Another (hypothetical) example: person who posted 100 bad questions that do not fit in Stack Overflow. He accepted 100 answers, gaining 200 reputation he doesn't really deserve. All 100 questions are deleted so his 200 reputation will also be removed, taking away the privileges he should not have earned in the first place.

Bounty is different matter - in this case you don't lose the reputation because of something bad you've done but the same rules are still in place. You should simply think twice before starting a bounty and keep in mind the consequences.

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Doing it like this makes rep transfer via bounties to sock puppets for scam voting harder too - the source loses the privileges they give away. –  Flexo Feb 20 '12 at 10:37
    
@awoodland yes indeed, good point. :-) –  Shadow Wizard Feb 20 '12 at 10:51
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If you dip back below the privilege reputation requirement then it is normal that you lose access to it, this happens to a great deal of users when moving from private to public beta on other SE sites when the reputation requirements for features actually increase.

Personally I think it's right that they would do this, if for any reason the quality of a users posts decreased dramatically then it makes more sense that the privilege is removed rather than keeping it based on past conduct if your new content is terrible!

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