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This user has a lot of communities joined today and 1 rep

They seem to be methodically signing up to sites and then offering the 100 rep association bonus as a bounty.

Is this a problem? Should the number of concurrent bounties offered across sites be limited? Personally I doubt that anyone can be such a polymath as to be picking worthy bounty candidates and potentially evaluating answers for such a wide range of sites *

*more than 100 - including topics as diverse as Chinese, Electrical Engineering, Quantitative Finance, SharePoint, Computational Science, Cryptography, Lego, Biblical Hermeneutics, Islam, Homebrewing, Martial Arts.

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    wonder what happens if this user deletes account at one of the "bountied" sites and joins it again a bit later. I've read somewhere that system simply checks some database flag in network profile and awards bonus rep if flag value is true (like "yeah we already know this user is trusted enough for 100 repz"). If bonus is awarded again in cases like that, this would open some interesting possibilities for abuse... – gnat Sep 5 '17 at 6:44
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    I'm less concerned about the bounties than I am about the scores of unhelpful and misleading comments this particular person has been flooding various sites with for the past day. Suspended while I slog through that mess. – Shog9 Sep 6 '17 at 0:03
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Note: this specific user turned out to cause harm on purpose by starting bounties on downvoted questions and awarding it to bad answers. The below applies to a more general case.


This is fine, in my opinion, in case the user decided to leave Stack Exchange, and instead of just going and never visiting again, or rage quitting, they decide to "donate" all their reputation first in the form of bounties.

While they might choose questions randomly, I can't see any harm in that as long as they don't pick bad/downvoted answers on purpose, and as long as it's not on the same user's questions, it's not a fraud as well.

If anything, such scenario is actually good for Stack Exchange. There is no need to limit amount of active bounties across the network, as this is quite easy to detect and if done in abusive way (e.g. using the bounty to give reputation to sock puppet accounts) can be handled by a CM. This specific case proves it: the harmful behavior was detected, and Community Manager suspended the user network-wide for the time being.

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