I noticed here that a fresh bounty has been started without a notice, and suspected I know how it was done.

It was easy enough to reproduce on one of my questions:

a notice-less bounty

No reason is displayed, and even worse, the revisions list is showing a moderator only notice, "Content dispute":

revisions list with the sudden "content dispute" entry

Can this please be fixed so that bounty reason must be given and validated server side?

(Using the tag since adding that moderator only notice is kind of a hack)

  • OK. Tell me what you did. Nownownownownownownownow!
    – M.A.R.
    Jul 10, 2016 at 20:04
  • @TIPS hmm.... nah, better not litter poor MSE with hacked moderator notices... ;-) Jul 10, 2016 at 20:07
  • I'm kidding @Sha. Jokes on anyone who re-tries this since it's most probably rep Gone with The Wind.
    – M.A.R.
    Jul 10, 2016 at 20:08
  • Lol, but you have definitely chosen some specific notice id, they are not random.
    – nicael
    Jul 10, 2016 at 20:10
  • @TIPS lol no worry, and I actually wanted to bountify that question for a while, just forgot about it. :D Jul 10, 2016 at 20:10
  • @nicael I had no idea what the value means, now I know... and still wonder how you made yours totally blank. (Got 404 when trying) Jul 10, 2016 at 20:11
  • @nicael no custom request, just tweaking existing data. Jul 10, 2016 at 20:13
  • I guess you can pick post notice id's from here
    – rene
    Jul 10, 2016 at 20:29
  • @rene Wait, why only 33 and 34 there, what did I misunderstood? The notice for the bounties have ids of 10-15.
    – nicael
    Jul 10, 2016 at 20:35
  • That might be true @nicael but the post notice is a different history record, hence different id's
    – rene
    Jul 10, 2016 at 20:46
  • @rene Don't you know where could I get the ids with corresponding names?
    – nicael
    Jul 10, 2016 at 20:47
  • Nope, not all the types tables are public I'm afraid.
    – rene
    Jul 10, 2016 at 20:48
  • Huh? Our bounties got refunded. But yours still has notice.
    – nicael
    Jul 10, 2016 at 21:05
  • @rene well, I used 20, which isn't documented. Jul 10, 2016 at 21:27
  • @nicael yeah, looks like Geoff removed the bounties in some low level tool (as they're gone without a trace), probably that tool can't handle a non-bounty notice... Jul 10, 2016 at 21:28

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Sure enough, there wasn't any proper validation on the notice types when bounties were started. There is now.

Thanks for the report and I have refunded your bounties.

  • You have forgotten to remove that ill notice, and it doesn't even show up properly :)
    – nicael
    Jul 10, 2016 at 22:00
  • @nicael well, always fun to be suddenly reminded of this, no need to remove. ;-) Dec 1, 2020 at 8:34
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    @Sha woohoo!!!!
    – nicael
    Dec 7, 2020 at 13:58

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