Imagine a Consider the scenario:
- A user puts a bounty on a question S/He asked.
- The user answers the question using another (bogus/duplicate) account.
- Awards the bounty to the answer from the bogus account
- The fraud gets detected.
The visible actions seen are:
- The original Q poster's account gets temporarily suspened for voting irregularities.
- The Bounty awarded account which has the accepted answer is deleted.
- The accepted & Bounty awarded answer is still shown as the one answered through the bogus (now deleted) account.
In the whole process, it is proved beyond doubt that awarding the bounty to an particular answer was an malpractice in first place.
So, Should the bounty award be shown awarded to that answer? I think it is unfair & unethical.
What are your thoughts?
I did not want to cite the specific example because I am not a Moderator and I can never be sure of whether this is what happened in this case, but Since @balpha recommends adding the link to suspected scenario, here it is.
Note that it is only my suspicion/speculation that this happened in the cited example.