There's a bounty that's owned by Community on a question in which the original asker's account seems to be intact.

Was the bounty taken out by a second party whose account was deleted, or is this a bug?

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    $\begingroup$ A user quit CV today (the one who offered the bounty), in these cases they are replaced by the user Community for some esoteric-programming reason. More information here and many other discussions in meta, e.g. this one. $\endgroup$ – user10525 Aug 3 '12 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ I wonder how the bounty gets awarded now. I know that half of it goes to the highest upvoted answer (with 2+) after the bounty was opened but I wonder if it's at all possible to get the full amount. This meta SO thread seems to indicate it is not possible, but it's not clear. $\endgroup$ – Macro Aug 3 '12 at 17:18
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks @Procrastinator. I was not sure this was this user who offered that bounty. $\endgroup$ – chl Aug 4 '12 at 10:56

As Procrastinator was kind enough to mention in comments, this is standard practice when a user has deleted him/herself while the bounty was open. For further reading, consider these links:

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  • $\begingroup$ You are everywhere! :) Thanks for confirming. I had read the post in question earlier that day, and I think it was from a user with a fair amount of rep, so I was surprised that he quit the same day. $\endgroup$ – jonsca Oct 26 '12 at 19:57
  • $\begingroup$ @jonsca Haha yeah I'm tidying up the meta a little bit. Of course, in the course of tidying I might be mussing up the meta front page. Let me know if I'm being a bit extreme. At least this way some older stuff gets new eyes, right? $\endgroup$ – Aarthi Oct 26 '12 at 19:59
  • $\begingroup$ @jonsca but yes, this is [status-bydesign] behavior for sure! Community is the anon user's best friend. $\endgroup$ – Aarthi Oct 26 '12 at 19:59
  • $\begingroup$ Nah, there's 9 whole question slots on there that haven't been edited by you (yet). Go for the gusto. $\endgroup$ – jonsca Oct 26 '12 at 20:01
  • $\begingroup$ @jonsca OH NO It's been that bad, huh? Ah well, it's a one-time pain, and at least it's keeping Friday interesting, right? :D $\endgroup$ – Aarthi Oct 26 '12 at 20:03

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