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I have yet to place a bounty using the new system yet, but I already see a possible unintended consequence. You can now do a mega-upvote on any answer using a bounty.

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closed as not constructive by Jeff Atwood Jun 19 '10 at 8:51

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reputation !== votes

Thinking it over, it does allow for transferring reputation from sockpuppet accounts. But I guess using multiple sockpuppets to give each other enough reputation will be taken care of by Vote Fraud and You and the like, before that reputation can even be transferred by (ab)using a bounty.

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syntax error at line 1. unexpected token '=' at end of operator – Earlz Jun 19 '10 at 8:37
And also I'm not saying it is, but I'm saying you can give a huge upvote to someone worth however much rep you want, and you can do it any amount of times. – Earlz Jun 19 '10 at 8:37
@earlz - mega upvote in the reputation meaning, yes, but not as an actual "vote". It won't make the answer more visible, or on top – Gnoupi Jun 19 '10 at 8:41
@earlz, try a language that supports the identity operator ;-) – Arjan Jun 19 '10 at 8:51
@Gnou but adding a bounty does bump the question to the front page – Earlz Jun 19 '10 at 9:06
@Earlz: He could be (for some gosh darn unknown reason) writing his pseudocode in PHP, where !== is a totally valid, and silly, operator! – Phoshi Jun 19 '10 at 9:57
@Phoshi, I'd say it's more like PHP's == behaves silly and hence needs the === to make up for that. Likewise in JavaScript, "1" == 1 but without type coercion "2" !== 2. Perl uses === to ensure two variables are actually the very same object instance (just like Java's ==). Not always too silly if you'd ask me. :-) – Arjan Jun 19 '10 at 10:39

If you want to open another question claiming that bounty now allows too much rep transfer, fine, but as stated this is noise or pointless:

  • has nothing to do with actual votes
  • you haven't even thought through any potential problems based on usage or even walked us through a possible scenario
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if you're ok with it just delete this post then(I can't due to 2 day reopen thing) – Earlz Jun 19 '10 at 8:59
@Jeff, not like I care about it (hence deleting this question is fine), but do you think sockpuppets would go unnoticed? A few could vote up one another, and then eventually grant a bounty to some other account to transfer the reputation. But I guess this is already covered by Vote Fraud and You and the like. – Arjan Jun 19 '10 at 9:03
@Arjan I just covered this in a new question:… – Earlz Jun 19 '10 at 9:06
@Earlz, that other question is about bumping, not about earning reputation by using sockpuppets, right? – Arjan Jun 19 '10 at 9:09
What new bounty system? Did I miss something? (Edit: aaaah, I see. Wow, this is magnificent!) – Pëkka Jun 19 '10 at 9:09
@Arj bumping leads to earning reputation though, so sorta. – Earlz Jun 19 '10 at 9:12

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