What is the rule on completely changing a question once a bounty has been raised ?

For instance: This is a question for which a bounty was raised and I answered it. Now the question is edited to a completely different question and the answer is completely out of context. Now in a scenario with multiple answers/ and or very few days to award the bounty - if the question is changed then the thread becomes pretty irrelevant and the bounty pretty much becomes useless. Is this by design or is there a peer review for bounty question edits?

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    I feel like, in general, completely changing the question is (at very least) frowned upon
    – StephenTG
    Aug 22, 2013 at 14:38
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    related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/43478/…
    – Servy
    Aug 22, 2013 at 14:39
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    Whoa I searched everything - but didnt think of looking up "chameleon questions" :) But shouldnt bounties be treated a little differently ? Aug 22, 2013 at 14:39
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    The fact that it has a bounty doesn't really change the case. Users should not completely change a question. Especially not if that invalidates earlier answers.
    – Bart
    Aug 22, 2013 at 14:42
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    What @Bart said. A bounty being on the question just puts a finer point on why, and adds extra fallout for when it happens. Aug 22, 2013 at 14:45
  • Interestingly - now the question has been rolled back to its original state by a peer - what is the rule on that? Aug 22, 2013 at 16:00
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    You could have rolled back too, Slartibartfast, when an edit invalidates existing answers. My "rule" was just: common sense. But I figured you were feeling a bit too much involved in this specific case, so I did it.
    – Arjan
    Aug 22, 2013 at 22:32
  • Haha thanks @Arjan , I just wanted to be clear on all the rules related to SO on this matter since there are quite a few of them :) Aug 23, 2013 at 2:46
  • I really don't get why people do this in general. I mean, I guess in this case, the question had a bounty and he wanted to capitalize on that to the extent possible. But I see it all the time with questions I've answered, no bounty in sight. It is completely free to ask a new question, yet it seems like I'm constantly having to beg people to ask a new question rather than bug me in the comments of my answer. Aug 23, 2013 at 4:09

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I'd imagine that the etiquette for changing a question after a bounty has been set are the same as the rules for changing the question if a bounty has not been set.

It's frowned upon.

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    In my community we are a happy people and frowning is not permitted. Our etiquette is to punch people like this, no exceptions. Which probably explains why we are such a happy people
    – musefan
    Aug 22, 2013 at 15:17

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