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Something seems wrong with this post. Have the bounty rules changed? Seems that the same bounty was awarded several times to the same user.

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    7 times, actually. 2050 rep in 6 bounties from the user abcdefghi, 50 rep from somebody else. Must be a really good answer.
    – Dennis
    May 5, 2012 at 19:59
  • Though it may be some strange sock puppety way to give rep?
    – Oded
    May 5, 2012 at 20:03
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    @Michael, the dupe might explain how 2,600 is possible, but I somehow feel that one user is transferring rep to another. Not sure if that's a problem, but it somehow smells.
    – Arjan
    May 5, 2012 at 20:05
  • Yeah, I agree, @Arjan, and I'd take back my close vote if I could. May 5, 2012 at 20:06
  • And talking to one another, but that does not prove it's not the same person of course...
    – Arjan
    May 5, 2012 at 20:10
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    It's likely the same person. abcdefghi account who was previously relatively active abruptly became inactive around the moment Guest account was registered (17 April). The writing style is also extremely similar.
    – user138231
    May 5, 2012 at 20:58
  • Bah, too bad the bounties were refunded... it should have been confiscated and some suspensions to be handed out. May 6, 2012 at 1:15
  • The rules haven't changed, and as others have pointed out, this type of thing looks awfully fishy. But it's probably something you should flag for moderator attention. They have the tools to investigate stuff like this, and will take action if it's warranted. May 6, 2012 at 8:37
  • Also, it appears that this has been taken care of already. The two accounts have been merged, and the user has been suspended. May 6, 2012 at 8:39
  • @The This has apparently been a bug. So would you recommend to not report bugs here but only flag it?
    – Matt Handy
    May 6, 2012 at 9:02
  • What gave you the impression that this was a bug? May 6, 2012 at 9:02
  • @The It's a matter of definition. If the system allows somehow to add and award 7 bounties within a few days from the same person on the same question. I understand your point of view that it may not be a bug, however I think the discussion here helped to solve it.
    – Matt Handy
    May 6, 2012 at 9:10
  • @The My first impression yesterday when I encountered this issue was that the system accidently awarded the bounty multiple times to the user. That's why I thought it was a bug.
    – Matt Handy
    May 6, 2012 at 9:19

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The tooltip (hover over the +2600) shows the answer got 7 (!) bounties rewarded to it.

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Since most of this came from one user, with a dubious user name (abcdefghi - really?) and accounts for pretty much all of the rep of the account that answered it, there certainly is something fishy going on.

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    there certainly is something fishy going on. One user transferring his rep to another, maybe? May 5, 2012 at 20:04
  • @MichaelPetrotta - Yes, certainly looks like it.
    – Oded
    May 5, 2012 at 20:04
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    Now that Robert removed the active bounty, and the user and its puppet were merged and suspended, the tooltip is no longer correct... (And OnResolve is unrelated to the abusing user.)
    – Arjan
    May 6, 2012 at 7:58
  • (But I think I've seen an earlier bug report for that...)
    – Arjan
    May 6, 2012 at 7:58
  • stackoverflow.com/questions/9835899/… I was in the running for this one when on the last day he awarded the bounty to his other account (at that time, both were named 'Pankaj Garj' or something). Those two accounts were merged, but I didn't know he was still going at it
    – Kyle Macey
    May 8, 2012 at 22:26

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