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Can you set a bounty bigger than your current rep points? (Look here)

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Hmmm... I suspect this user had a bunch of questions deleted that were from early in his history. It'll take a mod to find that out. –  Jon Seigel Nov 25 '10 at 0:57
    
Let me get this straight, the user got a bunch of points, then used them for bounties, then a mod deleted them so the points vanished? –  cambraca Nov 25 '10 at 1:12
    
He has a lot of deleted answers, but they only total about 6 points. I remember the name though; it's possible that he's had multiple accounts... or something. –  mmyers Nov 25 '10 at 3:03
    
Just to be clear, you cannot offer a bounty bigger than your current number of points, right? –  cambraca Nov 25 '10 at 3:21
    
@cambraca: Right. However, only active posts appear in the reputation graph. So it's possible the user had an active+inactive score higher than the 300 bounty he gave. –  Jon Seigel Nov 25 '10 at 6:03
    
@Jon: Where does inactive score come from? –  cambraca Nov 25 '10 at 20:55
    
@cambraca: It's a byproduct of the denormalized rep score. Meaning, the user earned reputation from posts that were subsequently deleted. When that happens, the reputation earned is not rescinded until a moderator uses a function to recalculate the user's reputation. This is by design of the system. –  Jon Seigel Nov 25 '10 at 22:56
    
@Jon: I see, but, can a moderator look at the user's entire history? If so, shouldn't Michael have been able to see more than the 6 points he mentioned? –  cambraca Nov 25 '10 at 23:00
    
(I'm just curious man) –  cambraca Nov 25 '10 at 23:01
    
@cambraca: I'm honestly not sure. This is pretty much guesswork for anyone except the dev team at this point. –  Jon Seigel Nov 25 '10 at 23:03
    
This behaviour still persists. stackoverflow.com/q/12979601/1530938. There is a bounty of 400 points on that question and the OP currently has around 334 as at post time –  kolossus Oct 23 '12 at 0:04

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That's more of a bug in the rep graph you linked; a user's rep is never less than 1.

The user was able to submit a bounty that large because it was created when upvotes on questions were worth 10 points (they are 5 now) and the majority of his received upvotes are on questions.

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But we'll look at fixing the rep graph :) –  Jarrod Dixon Nov 28 '10 at 1:12

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