I've just found one post which has awarded bounty from nobody on this answer. HTML code looks like

<span class="bounty-award" title="This answer has been awarded bounty worth 50 reputation by ">+50</span>

I have found nothing about bounty in history, even timeline has no evidence about bounty.

Is it bug?

Also, if it's merged account, it should be rollbacked. It's the same problematic guy

  • Probably a deleted user. Given that it's a self answer I suspect sock puppetry. – ChrisF Sep 13 '11 at 18:38
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    @ChrisF: And given that he's responding to himself in the comments, I'd say that's very likely indeed. – mmyers Sep 13 '11 at 18:39
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    This guy is like fungus that won't go away. I have to say that cases like this, where the user keeps using proxies to churn out sockpuppets, are the only time I would support hellbanning. – Justin Morgan Sep 13 '11 at 19:03

Based on the wording in the answer ("you," "your"), I'm guessing that user had a sock that awarded it a bounty, which later got merged.

Wilder speculation:
Since both the answer and the question currently appear to have the same OP, we know a merge was performed. Since the only bounty info remaining is about the winner and not the offerer, I'm thinking the sock account was probably deleted or even destroyed after the merge was performed. I suspect that this combination of actions is what's leading to the weird behavior. Again: I do not have enough firsthand experience with how account moderation tools work to be sure about this. I'm just going off of past Meta posts/discussions.

  • Maybe one of merged accounts ? meta.stackexchange.com/q/98484/164007 – genesis Sep 13 '11 at 18:40
  • Shouldn't that show his merged name then? Why would it show nothing? – Michael Mrozek Sep 13 '11 at 18:41
  • Aha! I don't usually post answers with guesses, especially accusing ones, but I was sure I'd seen this account name before. Good job beating me to finding the reference. – Pops Sep 13 '11 at 18:41
  • @PopularDemand this user is famous for sock puppets -- the links in my answer are just a few of the offences – Naftali aka Neal Sep 13 '11 at 18:49
  • This is what I had thought too, so I'm relabeling your speculation as "reasonable". – Tim Stone Sep 13 '11 at 19:16

This user is the same user as a few of my meta questions including:
User keeps getting banned, yet keeps making new accounts to ask questions
User revenge? All my questions were downvoted in the past hour

This user has (and had) many many sock puppet account which they used to downvote as they deemed necessary and add rep point to themselves via bounties and other hacks.

  • I have posted link in question about this already and I know about sockpupetting. This is bug report, though, not a request to tell me why and what does it happen. Thanks though – genesis Sep 13 '11 at 18:47
  • @genesis -- he got alot of badges off this and i am sure the bounty rep was removed. (although i could be mistaken) – Naftali aka Neal Sep 13 '11 at 18:48

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