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    $\begingroup$ I suspect the bounty was offered by a user (perhaps the OP) whose account since then was deleted. Thus, the ownership of the bounty went to the Community User. $\endgroup$ – Joel Reyes Noche Jun 4 at 0:41
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    $\begingroup$ Joel is correct. More information here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/196716/… $\endgroup$ – Todd Trimble Jun 4 at 0:44
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, @JoelReyesNoche and ToddTrimble. No need to keep this question open now. $\endgroup$ – Steven Landsburg Jun 4 at 0:57
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    $\begingroup$ I will add that if you look at the questions revision history or at the timeline you can see there: "Notice added Authoritative reference needed by user140765." (Although I am not sure whether this message is still displayed there after the bounty ends.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jun 4 at 2:15
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak: I don't understand what that means. $\endgroup$ – Steven Landsburg Jun 4 at 2:20
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    $\begingroup$ @StevenLandsburg I was merely pointing out the fact that the username was shown there. When starting a bounty, you can choose one of several bounty remarks - as you can try for yourself if you try to offer bounty, but do not submit it or you can look at the screenshot shown in this answer: How should bounties be categorized?. "Authoritative reference needed" is one of the possible choice for bounty reason. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jun 4 at 2:31
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    $\begingroup$ @ToddTrimble Perhaps this is closed to the question at hand: When can the community user offer a bounty? (The one you linked is about bounty awarded by the Community user, this one is about bounty offered by the Community user.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jun 4 at 4:01
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    $\begingroup$ If I'm correct it was given by the user "Cut the wood" before this user complained in this meta post (meta.mathoverflow.net/questions/4253/…) and then closed this account (which is seemingly one among many others). $\endgroup$ – YCor Jun 4 at 15:48
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    $\begingroup$ @YCor The bounty was offered by user with id 140765. As far as I can tell from Google and SEDE, the username was kartop_man. (Those result will eventually disappear - SEDE after the next update of the data, probably also Google after the crawler looks at a newer version of those pages.) The post you linked shows that "Cut the wood " had userid 141414. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jun 4 at 16:12
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    $\begingroup$ BTW I see bounties from user with id 140765 on questions 331860 331917, 332839 and 330689. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jun 4 at 16:14
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    $\begingroup$ Also bounties have been cast by two distinct "new" users at questions 333144 and 333039. It's strange that new users with no reputation (no question/answer) can cast such bounties. I don't know if I should post a separate meta question for this sounds as a loophole. $\endgroup$ – YCor Jun 9 at 23:08
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    $\begingroup$ @YCor: I think these users used up their association bonus for the bounty. Although I find it weird that it is not easy to associate their MO accounts with those at other SE sites: for example, user 333144 has apparently a different username at SE, see stackexchange.com/users/6543246/stepan-banach?tab=activity. $\endgroup$ – Mateusz Kwaśnicki Jun 10 at 8:46
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This is answered at the StackExchange bounty FAQ. If a user account is deleted with an outstanding bounty, then the Community user becomes the bounty owner, and the points are eventually awarded following the "no intervention" rules.

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