How does Canada's radiotelescope CHIME manage polarization-dependent apodization of the fast f/0.25 optics? was previously automatically deleted RemoveAbandonedQuestions and I'd recently found it with assistance

I added a bounty to it to make sure it was now an active question and to try to encourage answers.

To my surprise it was instantly re-deleted after I applied the bounty, and it is now a deleted question again with a live bounty.

Per Prevent questions with bounty from being auto-deleted, questions with an active bounty should not be deleted by the Roomba; it should not kick in until the bounty expires. But this question was still deleted despite that request being marked . It seems that doesn't seem to work anymore.

screenshot of a very busy roomba!

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    Per Prevent questions with bounty from being auto-deleted, questions with an active bounty aren't supposed to be automatically deleted by the Roomba, so the fact that this question was deleted is a bug. Jan 23, 2021 at 2:21
  • @SonictheCuriouserHedgehog my understanding is that the intended behavior is essentially a seven (or eight including the bounty grace period) day "pass" only, with the expectation of fairly quick insta-re-roombaing after that, is that a correct interpretation of that discussion? And if the question picks up some additional activity like an up vote during that period, re-roombaing is unlikely?
    – uhoh
    Jan 23, 2021 at 2:34
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    Yes, it's only exempt for so long as the bounty is active; once it expires, it will once again be eligible for potential automatic deletion if the criteria still apply, once the bounty expires. Jan 23, 2021 at 2:36
  • @SonictheCuriouserHedgehog I see what you mean, thanks!
    – uhoh
    Jan 23, 2021 at 2:37
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    The banner has a link in the word "deleted", which leads to a webpage with this as it's penultimate link. Also, I voted to undelete.
    – Rob
    Jan 23, 2021 at 8:54
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    @Rob it's open again, thank you... at least temporarily. Before the edit my question asked what I need to prevent re-roomba, I've made an edit but I think that is not enough.
    – uhoh
    Jan 23, 2021 at 23:49

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A fix for this bug is now live. The RemoveAbandonedQuestions scheduled job wasn't accounting for active bounties.

Noble bounty-ers, go forth and give those questions one last chance.

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    So, to be clear, the prior implementation only had this check in the RemoveDeadQuestions job? Apr 11, 2023 at 19:17
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    Also, can the help center page on automatic deletion please be updated to reflect these changes? Apr 11, 2023 at 19:18
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    go forth and bountify? Thank you for tracking this down and resolving it!
    – uhoh
    Apr 11, 2023 at 22:56
  • @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog Correct, RemoveDeadQuestions was the only weekly job that handled bounties. Also, I'll update the help center page to reflect this. Apr 12, 2023 at 13:18

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