This question is a bit of an odd case.

The user placed a bounty on it, then engaged in a rollback war culminating with a lock. He then requested his account to be deleted. It was. The question, which was at -1 at the time, was automatically deleted along with the account. This should not happen since bounty questions ordinarily can be neither closed nor deleted.

Now the bounty languishes in a limbo state, its clock ticking away in futility, hoping against desperate hope that someone somewhere will rescue it. But no one hears its cries.

Bounty offered by Community ♦

Cheer? No, I'm afraid not.

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    Now we get to find out if bounties really work...
    – Shog9
    Dec 9, 2011 at 20:33
  • Interesting. I'm going to look again in five days.
    – Rob W
    Dec 9, 2011 at 21:16
  • Now it says "This question had a bounty worth +100 reputation from Community♦ that ended 18 hours ago; grace period ends in 5 hours" LOL!! Dec 15, 2011 at 11:19
  • The period has ended, and the bounty is still in a frozen state. The exact message is as follows: "This question had a bounty worth +100 reputation from Community♦ that ended yesterday; grace period has ended"
    – Rob W
    Dec 15, 2011 at 18:02
  • It seems to have worked itself out: the last two revision items are 'bounty ended with no winning answer' and 'bounty notice removed'. No answer was awarded bounty rep.
    – AakashM
    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:16

1 Answer 1


Nothing bad happens from this "bug", the bounty simply times out with no action.

It should also be exceedingly rare to have a user deleted with a bounty in flight.

Thus, I don't think any action is warranted here.

  • When the account was deleted, who deleted the account could have got a warning about the user having an open bounty. The question is now: "Could who deleted the account have taken a different decision, knowing the user had an open bounty?" If the answer is no, then it is useless to give a warning.
    – apaderno
    Aug 6, 2012 at 13:41

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