I wanted to award a bounty of 50 rep to https://stackoverflow.com/a/1732454/298479 because it's a great answer. However, while I could start the bounty I was not able to award it since that answer is locked.

It would be great if a moderator could either award the bounty to that answer manually (if that's possible) or unlock it for a few moments to allow me to award it.

On a side-note, "This post has been locked; locked posts can't be voted on." does not completely fit in this case.

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    Don't you think bobince has earned enough reputation for that answer? – Cody Gray May 26 '12 at 13:12
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    He got zero since it's CW. – ThiefMaster May 26 '12 at 13:13
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    It was only made CW after almost a week, I'm sure he earned a few hundred rep in that time from it. (roughly 1000, from looking at his profile) – Daniel Fischer May 26 '12 at 13:17
  • stackoverflow.com/users/18936/… - quite a few points – Mat May 26 '12 at 13:21
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    Actually it's not a great answer. It's absolutely hilarious, a work of art, and historically significant, but as far as answers go, it's a typical "don't do that, try this instead" answer, a good answer to the question asked. This, in contrast, is a great answer. – yannis May 26 '12 at 13:57
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    @Mat: 969, to be exact. Not enough if we judge poetic beauty, but more than enough if we judge helpfulness. – Dennis May 26 '12 at 14:49
  • Not that bloody post again :) – Kev May 26 '12 at 15:37
  • If you really want to award the bounty to someone, give it to the guy that explained the problem based on Chomsky hierarchy – Lorem Ipsum May 26 '12 at 16:20
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    I think it sucks that you can't award a bounty on an answer that is locked when the question itself isn't locked and still allows bounties. There's no notification to users that this would occur until after they've already placed the bounty on the question and attempted to award it. Whether this specific case warrants a bounty or not, this is a real issue. – animuson May 27 '12 at 4:40
  • @Dennis, where did you get that 969? I count 967. – Arjan Jun 16 '12 at 11:56
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    @Arjan: I used jQuery on his profile: After expanding the days ($('.load-body').click()), var rep=0;$('.rep-breakdown-row').each(function(){if(~$(this).find('.answer-hyperlink').html().indexOf('RegEx match'))rep+=Number($(this).find('.rep-up').html())+Number($(this).find('.rep-down').html())});console.log(rep) gives 969. It is really great and does all things. (I don't know why, but pasting it here breaks my jQuery.) – Dennis Jun 16 '12 at 12:41
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    Nice, @Dennis! To allow for line wrapping code in comments, SE is inserting zero width spaces every 80 characters (this used to be soft hyphens, making the JavaScript fail after copying. In your code: between the n and k in answer-hyperlink, and between the o and w in .rep-down. Removing that makes it work just fine. 969 it is indeed. Odd. – Arjan Jun 16 '12 at 13:33
  • For copy & paste: var rep=0;$('.rep-breakdown-row').each(function(){if(~$(this).find('.answer-hyperlin‌​k').html().indexOf('RegEx match'))rep+=Number($(this).find('.rep-up').html())+Number($(this).find('.rep-do‌​wn').html())});console.log(rep) – Arjan Jun 16 '12 at 13:34
  • @Arjan: Rep glitch. bobince seems to have earned 202 rep from upvotes on November 15, '09. Something similar happened to me the other day (it was due to an undownvote), but the nightly recalc fixed it. The jQuery was wrong: He earned 967 rep from that answer. – Dennis Jun 16 '12 at 17:26
  • Good catch, @Dennis. (Took me some time to validate that, but indeed: for 3 questions a total of 217, including 15 for an accept which is exempt from the daily cap. That's 202 on the reputation page, where 200 should be the max.) – Arjan Jun 16 '12 at 17:48

This is not a bug.

Locked questions are... locked, which means they can not be changed (or even voted on).

  • I think the bug is the fact that he was allowed to post the bounty in the first place. Seems like that slipped through the cracks. – jmort253 May 27 '12 at 0:51
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    @jmort253: The question itself isn't locked, only that one answer. – animuson May 27 '12 at 4:35

It's a hilarious answer, for sure - but not a great answer. Award a bounty to those answers that rise above and beyond what the OP was looking for, and would reasonably help others looking for the same material for years to come.

We'll always get a laugh out of Bobince's answer for years to come, but as far as helpfulness goes, there are some other answers in that question that are helpful to an extent.

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