Indeed, there is a difference in the answers of the two moderators Grace Note and Nick Craver.

I quote Grace Note in her comment on an answer to Bounties from deleted accounts should still be awarded; at least, the indicator should be removed:

I'm here to explain to you why the current system removes bounties from deleted users, which is tied to this design of reputation as a measure of the visible present.

But Nick Craver says, and I quote:

Going forward bounties from deleted accounts will be moved to (owned) by Community and will be awarded at the end of the period as they normally would (e.g. when the bounty starter doesn't award and 7 days is up).

I asked Nick Craver about it, but he didn't answer. Is it possible for SE staff to give a clear and unambiguous answer?

  • It sounds like Nick is talking about bounties that are active when the account is deleted, though the answer is on a question about historical bounties. Sep 1, 2019 at 17:46
  • @MonicaCellio Thank you for your comment. Indeed, it is a possibility that once the bounties are awarded by the community, they would be deleted as Grace Note said? But your answer also makes me understand that the moderators do not have access to this knowledge, that it is not official and that there is doubt in this case.
    – AndréC
    Sep 1, 2019 at 20:46
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    Some moderator might know how it works; it's just that I don't, so I hope someone who knows (employee or otherwise) answers your question. If I could remember (or knew how to find) examples on the sites where I have a diamond, I could look at the history to maybe figure it out. But off hand I don't know how to find bounties awarded by accounts that were later deleted. Sep 1, 2019 at 20:49
  • The bounty is not revoked. There was one case where it was removed, but an employee said it was a bug. (cc @MonicaCellio) Sep 1, 2019 at 23:53
  • @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog Both cases are on the site since the author of the question to which Grace Note and Nick Craver answered him lost his bonus. meta.stackexchange.com/q/85954/446930 Does this mean that their retention or deletion is assessed on a case-by-case basis by the ES team and that there is no general rule?
    – AndréC
    Sep 2, 2019 at 6:04

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They are maintained.

You can search for bounties by a now-deleted user via a SEDE query. You'll need ♦ moderator tools to check the deletion date of a user, but here is a bounty posted by a user who was deleted a few months after the bounty and here is one where the account was deleted while the bounty was still active. In the latter case, the deleted user can't award the full bounty, of course. In both cases, you can check that the answer itself "has been awarded bounties worth 50/100 reputation by Community" and the reputation gain is still visible in the answerers' profiles.

I think Grace Note's answer describes the situation before May 2011, and Nick's post announces a change in the system, which also explains why he added the [status-completed] tag.

  • Are there any other cases where the bounty vote was accidentally deleted when the user was deleted? Sep 2, 2019 at 6:46
  • I doubt I can check that with SEDE. I'd need to visit each bountied post separately to check ...
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Sep 2, 2019 at 6:51
  • Thank you for the answer. But when a high-profile user deletes his account, the votes he has made are not deleted. While they are when a lambda user deletes his account. Are you sure that this is not the same principle: when the user has a very high reputation, its bonuses are retained and if not deleted?
    – AndréC
    Sep 2, 2019 at 8:03
  • Votes are not deleted in (relatively) rare cases where the user has made a lot of votes (not necessarily if they have a lot of reputation, though there is some correlation). I can't say with 100% certainty, but I doubt the votes of all of those 29 users I checked were retained.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Sep 2, 2019 at 8:13
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    @Andre Bounty votes are not included in the vote deletion when users are deleted. Even if all their other votes get deleted, bounties are always transferred to the Community user. If we see bounty abuse that should be reversed, we have to do that manually.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Sep 2, 2019 at 14:56
  • @animuson Thank you for your feedback. If it is an official answer from the SE Staff, can you officially answer this question on behalf of the SE Staff?
    – AndréC
    Sep 2, 2019 at 15:07
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    @AndréC I emailed SE and the reply was that Dear , There is already an answer to that question confirmed by an employee. There is no need to reply any further to it. Regards, Stack Overflow Team Sep 13, 2019 at 15:35
  • @Raaja Did you tell them that there are several contradictory answers?
    – AndréC
    Sep 13, 2019 at 15:53
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    @AndréC yes indeed, I have cited the questions in the link. And, the above-mentioned reply is what I've got. Sep 13, 2019 at 16:25
  • @Raaja Do you know why they don't just say what the official answer is?
    – AndréC
    Sep 13, 2019 at 16:28
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    @AndréC I think that was sufficiently answered in their reply which I have pasted before. Sep 13, 2019 at 16:34
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    @AndréC I dont know about that. But I think they have sufficiently answered the question imo. Sep 13, 2019 at 16:44
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    @AndréC there is no conjecture. Its may be better if you directly contact SE and get clarified. Sep 14, 2019 at 2:41
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    @AndréC "there is no official response" is not true, you got a conformation that the answer is correct by animuson, both an employ and mod, that is about as official as it can be. "he did not know" - based on the user name, I think you should apologise ... "several contradictory answers" there are no contradictory answers, just one answer which stated the current situation at the time of writing and another answer a month later that says that it was now changed. Sep 14, 2019 at 13:08
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    @AndréC I wish you best of luck with your pursuit. Sep 15, 2019 at 6:32

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