It seems that this question was closed as not constructive.

While I could argue on the "not constructive" part, especially because it was already protected and made a CW, I'd be especially interested on what happened to my earned bounty.

I checked the reputation recalc page and it is gone. I am a little bit confused because I thought bounty questions cannot be closed.

  • Moderators are not bound by mortal rules. cue evil laugh – Michael Petrotta Aug 22 '11 at 1:07
  • In all seriousness, that question had a lot of problems, was was deleted (not just closed). Good question about what happens to bounties in that situation. – Michael Petrotta Aug 22 '11 at 1:09
  • Okay, understood. Also I see that the question had problems especially if I read the moderator comment @hammar posted. I just think it is a bit unfair that the OP who asked a bad question get's the bounty refunded while the people who try to answer have nothing at the end. However, c'est la vie ;) – Martin Buberl Aug 22 '11 at 1:20
  • Very Related Question (and ultimate cause of the deletion). – Lance Roberts Aug 22 '11 at 2:03

A couple of addendums: Bounty questions cannot be closed while the bounty period is active, except by a moderator. Even then, a moderator has to refund the bounty first, then close the question.

You lost any bounty that you had earned on that question when it was deleted, along with any other reputation you had gained for upvoted answers on it.

  • Did the OP also get refunded already awarded bounties? – Paŭlo Ebermann Aug 22 '11 at 1:31
  • @Paŭlo: Good question. I don't know if that gets refunded or if it's just lost like all the other points. – Bill the Lizard Aug 22 '11 at 2:28

This comment was left by a moderator before closing it (only visible for users with more than 10k rep):

This post has been protected from closure numerous times by bounties, and received a number of moderator flags. Since it's already gotten 33 answers, I'm going to refund the bounty and close.

  • Refunded means the OP gets the bounty back while the person who earned the bounty gets nothing after recalc, correct? – Martin Buberl Aug 22 '11 at 1:14

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