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Looking at this question, a bounty was offered by a user apparently no longer active on the site. The bounty notification is now displaying incorrectly.

http://i.stack.imgur.com/MEvwu.png

This should be changed to have something in place of the blank. i.e.

"This question has an open bounty worth +x reputation from an inactive user ending in y days"

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Same issue in the revision history –  Jim Aug 21 '12 at 19:29
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As a bit more background. Yesterday a ragequitting user drained away all his rep on all his accounts in the entire network with bounties. On SO he left 3 massive bounties. I flagged this yesterday and the user was deleted. But the bounties stayed. Before the user was removed, only 2 of the 3 bounties showed up in the user's profile. But all 3 showed up in the user's reputation history. –  Mysticial Aug 21 '12 at 19:30
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Perhaps it would make sense for the bounties to disappear when the user's account is deleted. –  Yannis Aug 21 '12 at 19:32
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What's all that junk you have under the title? –  casperOne Aug 21 '12 at 20:01
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@casperOne Question Dashboard –  Michael Mrozek Aug 21 '12 at 20:03
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This question has an open bounty worth +x reputation from someone who couldn't take it any more ending in y days –  Yannis Aug 21 '12 at 20:03
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@YannisRizos Sounds reasonable although that could also somewhat backfire in a situation where the OP decides to ragequit afer having offered a bounty. (i.e. the bounty is not part of the whole ragequit process) –  Bart Aug 21 '12 at 20:03
    
I feel like there was a similar issue a long time ago involving Pollyanna, a deletion and a bounty that had no expiration date, but I can't find it. –  Pops Aug 21 '12 at 20:19
    
Ditto, @Bart. If someone reasonably intended to pay out a bounty, and someone else put forth the effort to earn it, they should not lose it. –  Gaffi Aug 21 '12 at 21:19
    
Ah, I guess this is an extension of this, which makes (some) sense. –  Tim Stone Aug 22 '12 at 0:35
    
The bounty notice actually does (still) attribute ownerless bounties to Community in the normal case, but I imagine it's getting tripped up here because the bounty itself doesn't appear in the question's revision history. My speculative explanation for that would be that maybe a moderator attempted to refund the bounty after the user had been deleted and the system wasn't prepared for that, but that's just a wild guess. –  Tim Stone Aug 22 '12 at 1:07

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

We just fixed a recently introduced bug in our close-vote-aging code, which caused it to be a bit ...overzealous: it aged away some non-close votes as well, such the bounty "vote" in this case. As such, mods encountered an error when trying to remove the open bounty on the post in question. The bug and the bad data have been fixed up. Sorry about that!

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This is a bit more involved than just someone offering a bounty and then requesting deletion. Prior to the user's deletion, a moderator attempted to refund this bounty - it failed, sorta.

I originally thought it failed after deleting the history but before actually removing the bounty. BUT THE RABBIT HOLE GOES DEEPER THAN THAT, MY FRIENDS...

Turns out, it's not a rogue moderator at all... It seems our friendly vote-fraud script has a dark side. He's been sneaking around, late at night, deleting bounty records. Check out the damage this rogue robot has wrought:

...UNATTRIBUTED BOUNTIES, ALL OF THEM.

Enforcement Droids are SOOO unreliable

Can this inhuman death merchant be stopped, BEFORE IT DESTROYS US ALL?

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I did in fact notice that the user initially had all 3 bounties associated. Then it went down to 2. I don't remember whether I flagged it before or after it went down to 2. –  Mysticial Aug 22 '12 at 4:27

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