About two weeks ago, I answered a question and was rewarded with a +500 bounty. See, I don't really much reputation. I'm at 448 on Stack Overflow. So when that question was deleted for whatever reason, I was shocked! I had +4 upvotes, and it was marked best answer. Based on my understanding, the OP couldn't have deleted the question himself, so why did I lose my bounty? And why in the first place would anyone lose reputation for a bounty after the question got deleted? That doesn't make any sense to me.

  • @Gone It was awarded successfully roughly two weeks ago.
    – Chantola
    Nov 12, 2014 at 2:46
  • Ah yes, I see, then this is a bit of a mystery
    – user273376
    Nov 12, 2014 at 2:47
  • @Gone I just wanted to know how this happened and why?
    – Chantola
    Nov 12, 2014 at 2:47
  • Fair enough too - would be interested in knowing how this could happen too
    – user273376
    Nov 12, 2014 at 2:48
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    Can you link to the question? (It won't help those of us under 10k rep on the site, but some people will be able to see it and the post history might shed some light on the matter.) Nov 12, 2014 at 2:52
  • Worth to mention that if enough time pass (2-3 months, can't remember ATM) reputation is preserved even after deletion. However, two weeks are not enough. Nov 12, 2014 at 7:38
  • Related feature request: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/180140/…. Nov 12, 2014 at 7:40

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It was a crappy question that was looking for recommendations. The bounty should have been manually removed and the question closed a long time ago. You really should never have been awarded it in the first place. Well, that's the sucky thing about having a huge backlog of flags in the queue on Stack Overflow.

Upon deletion of the posts, the reputation events got reversed, which includes the bounties.

  • That sucks. Oh well.
    – Chantola
    Nov 12, 2014 at 14:20

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