The title pretty much says it.

If you assign a bonus that drops your rep back below 50, you can't comment on anything (popup appears: "You need 50 rep to comment"). A nice reward for setting a large bonus.

I haven't tried to do anything else.

Perhaps the "rep" threshold for comments (and other actions?) should be "current rep plus sum of bonuses awarded"? This would probably apply to SO and other StackExchange sites, too.

  • That's kind of the drawback of a bounty. There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. Your privileges reflect your current reputation. Commented Nov 12, 2014 at 11:53
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    Some SE rules are really idiotic. Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 18:32
  • ... my problem solved, my rep has climbed back up out of the "can't comment" hole. I'm sure others will encounter it again.
    – Ira Baxter
    Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 18:47
  • @IraBaxter Yep I was the serial upvoter :) Commented Nov 15, 2014 at 23:03

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That's the way bounties work. If it drops your reputation below the threshold for a privilege, you lose the privilege. You'd lose the same way if you lost the privilege for another reason (because some of your answers were unaccepted, because you received or cast downvotes, because some of your posts were deleted, etc.).

There's been discussion about this ever since the Stack Overflow days. There's a feature request to exclude bounties from affecting privileges, it didn't get much traction. There's an open feature request to notify users that the bounty will result in losing a privilege.

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