This user have offered bounties for 1,000 reps... Wait, 1,000 reps? 100+100+100+100=1000? Could anyone explain me why is it shown 1,000, not 400?

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    My guess is that there were some number of bounties totaling a value of 600 that were revoked by mods.
    – Servy
    Jun 23 '14 at 15:14
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    @Servy Some of my bounties were revoked by Nick Craver, but system counts totals properly.
    – nicael
    Jun 23 '14 at 15:16
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    They also offered a bounty this and this, but these bounties are not listed in their "offered" list, and also not in the "earned" list of the member who get the bounties.
    – ProgramFOX
    Jun 23 '14 at 15:18
  • @ProgramFOX: interesting, lost bounties! At least their reputation graph records the bounty reputation being deducted. But no addition event in the receiving user is recorded. Jun 23 '14 at 15:28
  • Appears to involve sock puppet accounts. See here - 8 upvotes, lost without a trace, different user with the bounty.... most likely sock puppets that got merged and/or nuked, bounty was manually revoked after being awarded. Wonder how you find it, nicael? ;) Jun 23 '14 at 15:32
  • @ShadowWizard: heh, I found the other post on wayback around the same time as you found yours. :-) Jun 23 '14 at 15:43
  • @ShadowWizard He recently asked a question and I saw that he has too mach badges. I went to his profile, opened bounties and ... my calculator. Wow, reversal? Big reversal.
    – nicael
    Jun 23 '14 at 15:45
  • @ShadowWizard: I thought it was a different user at first too, but it is only a different profile picture and username, the userid is the same. Jun 23 '14 at 16:00
  • Clearly, StackExchange switched from a base-10 to a base-10 number system ;) By base-10, I mean decimal and quaternary, respectively. Jun 23 '14 at 16:36

ProgramFOX found two posts by that user that had bounties posted to them:

Both these bounties are recorded as having been awarded to this user. From the reputation history of that user I see that there were some.. suspicious events that point to the user having been caught at voting fraud before (a few user removed and serial voting reversed events).

So, although these bounties were awarded to this account, they were later revoked, manually, by a moderator, most likely because the answers had been upvoted through sock-puppets to inflate their likelyhood of earning the bounty. You can see that the vote total has significantly dropped when you look at archived copies of the pages:

(don't mind the changed profile picture; the user account is the same as the userid in the URL matches)

The bounty offered total was never updated. An insignificant side-effect of a vote-fraud cleanup then.

  • Why did you remove links to web archive?..
    – nicael
    Jun 23 '14 at 15:55
  • @nicael: because my conclusion was incorrect. I misread the userid in the link, it was not a sock-puppet account. Jun 23 '14 at 15:56
  • @nicael: I put them back to illustrate the missing vote counts. Jun 23 '14 at 15:58
  • Heh, really long history...
    – nicael
    Jun 23 '14 at 16:03
  • WTF?!?! Day? 7 events? Thats there
    – nicael
    Jun 23 '14 at 16:09
  • @nicael: the user history is seeing some more cleanup.. Reversals applied 33 minutes ago. The serial voting events is just a caching artifact; these have been merged into one event. Jun 23 '14 at 16:10
  • @nicael: by the looks of it the moderators are cleaning up another (set of) sock puppets now that you drew attention to the account. Jun 23 '14 at 16:14
  • Nice answer @MartijnPieters!
    – Haney StaffMod
    Jul 17 '14 at 13:37

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