Are there any Mathematics SE users who have invested more reputation points in bounties than what they presently have? How can one find out?

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    $\begingroup$ FYR there are at least two. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 19, 2020 at 14:01
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    $\begingroup$ I remember some users with <100 reps but used all their rep for bounties. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 19, 2020 at 14:03
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    $\begingroup$ Mr. Brooks is Math SE's Franciscan-in-residence. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 19, 2020 at 14:06
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    $\begingroup$ @ArcticChar Not quite <100 but an example. $\endgroup$
    – TheSimpliFire Mod
    Commented Sep 19, 2020 at 14:29
  • $\begingroup$ That's the one I have in mind. Last time I saw their porfile they had less than 100 reps. @TheSimpliFire $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 19, 2020 at 14:43
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    $\begingroup$ I hope I'm wrong, but once I held a very strong suspicion that such a user was dumping their rep to another who was both a coworker and a member of a voting collusion ring. No smoking gun, but this is the reason why I won't celebrate here. Just bringing this possibility up. We have also seen users who want to leave, and chuck their rep in bounties for whatever reason (potentially good, potentially not so good). $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 19, 2020 at 16:39
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    $\begingroup$ Woah... can't believe I'm in the top 10. Always thought of myself as being more on the stingy side :) $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 24, 2020 at 23:15
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    $\begingroup$ @JyrkiLahtonen Are you serious? Please tell me there is no conspiracy voting. $\endgroup$
    – copper.hat
    Commented Sep 25, 2020 at 2:18

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As already mentioned in comments, SEDE can be used for such queries.

I took the query showing the users with most bounties awarded and I have sorted it based pm percentage of the reputation given away in bounties: Highest percentage of reputation offered as bounties.

One problem with the query is that all suspended users are in the database with reputation 1. Which means that for such user we'll get from that query much larger amount in bounties than their reputation. Similarly, you will get at the top many users who have never posted anything here and just spent their association on a bounty. So to get some sensible result, you probably want to show only users above some minimal reputation threshold. Here is what you get if you only look at users with reputation at least 50 and at least 50 reputation points in bounties. Or we can lower that even to 2 reputation points - as the main point is to remove users with reputation 1 for reasons mentioned above - and we end up with this list.

Notice that the query has three parameters. Using the parameter min you can restrict it to users which have more than min reputation points. The parameter minbounties is a restriction on the amount offered in bounties. And the parameter num decides how many top users will be shown.

I will also mention that the query in the first comment only look at the bounties which were actually awarded (and not all offered bounties). If you are interested only in the awarded bounties, you can modify the query for percentage.

EDIT: I started thinking that there was a mistake in those queries after I noticed that one of the top users has different reputation spent on bounties shown in the queries and on the profile page. (And the difference was rather big, about 1000 reputation points.) Then I realized that this is caused by bounties on deleted questions: Users with most bounties on deleted questions. (Until now I did not know that SEDE stores bounties on deleted questions.) IIRC after the question is deleted, the offered bounty amount is refunded to the user.

I do not think that this will influence many users - and even for those users, differences will typically be rather small. Still, I have created a query which only counts reputation on questions that are not deleted: Highest percentage of rep in bounties - only counting questions which are not deleted.


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