I wanted to award a bounty of 50 rep to this answer because it's great. 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? May 26, 2012 at 13:12
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    He got zero since it's CW. May 26, 2012 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) May 26, 2012 at 13:17
  • stackoverflow.com/users/18936/… - quite a few points
    – Mat
    May 26, 2012 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, 2012 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, 2012 at 14:49
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    Not that bloody post again :)
    – Kev
    May 26, 2012 at 15:37
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    If you really want to award the bounty to someone, give it to the guy that explained the problem based on Chomsky hierarchy May 26, 2012 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 StaffMod
    May 27, 2012 at 4:40
  • @Dennis, where did you get that 969? I count 967.
    – Arjan
    Jun 16, 2012 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($(this).find('.rep-down').html())});console.log(rep) gives 969. It is really great and does all things. (I don't know why, but pasting it here breaks my jQuery.)
    – Dennis
    Jun 16, 2012 at 12:41
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    Nice, @Dennis! To allow for line wrapping code in comments, SE is inserting zero width spaces every 80 characters (this used to be soft hyphens, making the JavaScript fail after copying. In your code: between the n and k in answer-hyperlink, and between the o and w in .rep-down. Removing that makes it work just fine. 969 it is indeed. Odd.
    – Arjan
    Jun 16, 2012 at 13:33
  • For copy & paste: var rep=0;$('.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, 2012 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, 2012 at 17:26
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    @Luuklag At the time they posted the comment, they weren't an employee, just a normal user. Jan 24, 2020 at 18:29

2 Answers 2


This is not a bug.

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

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    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, 2012 at 0:51
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    @jmort253: The question itself isn't locked, only that one answer.
    – animuson StaffMod
    May 27, 2012 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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