Suppose that one has 500 reputation, and then devotes 500 reputation for a bounty.

Question: How much reputation remains? 0 or 1?

Remark: If this were a exercise in primary school, then anyone could easily answer 500-500=0. However, according to this question, the minimum reputation one can have is 1, so 1 seems a possible answer too.

  • I don't think the system would allow you to put a bounty of 500. Otherwise Stack Exchange maths say, 500rep - 500rep = 1rep. FYI, one gets the privilege to add bounty at 75 reputation.
    – Aditya
    Apr 16, 2013 at 17:13

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You can't. You'd need 501 rep to be able to set that high a bonus.

  • 2
    OMG! This answer attracted 13 Upvotes till now. If only did I add my comment as an answer. I was 15 seconds faster :-)
    – Aditya
    Apr 16, 2013 at 19:06

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