I mostly use SuperUser in read&comment mode only. I could comment, since I had 100+ reputation, thanks to my profile on StackOverflow. Recently I started a bounty on this question and I was stupid enough to grant all of my 100 reputation for it.

Now I cannot comment and I cannot even ask a question in Meta! I find this very annoying. It would be of much help, if I was warned about it when started the bounty. I did not even know such privileges exist!

What do you think about warnings on lost privileges, when you start a bounty?


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As per the appropriate help pages

If your new reputation brings you below the requirement for any privileges, you will lose access to those privileges.

Might get complicated if you had to warned every time this would happen. Or if you lost two permissions and so on.

Granted, this is more of an issue for a new user than one with enough rep that posting bounties would be a good idea.

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    New users get hit the hardest and are more likely to be unaware of this behavior. The system could easily check whether for the selected amount of reputation in the "start a bounty" dialog, any privileges would be lost, and if so, list them. If none are lost, nothing changes (except for a new AJAX request without visible effects). I really don't see much of a downside to reminding users it's not just fake internet points they would lose, but also e.g. chat, meta, or comment privileges.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 12:47

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