I was banned for a week for placing this bounty:
The "reasons" given were that the bounty supposedly was off-topic and/or circumvented a comment lock.
Let's examine these in order:
- The alleged use of the teleprompter I was referring to was from this ad by Trump that came out around the time the question was posted, but was not mentioned in it. That seems very relevant to the question. Certainly not off-topic.
- The lock was on comments, because supposedly there were too many. But there was no lock on bounties. And there can only be one bounty at a time, so the reason for locking comments hardly applies to bounties. And bounties are temporary and cost reputation. A lock on comments simply is not a lock on bounties.
Prior to this ban, the mod stated that I was allowed to place bounties if they were on-topic, but he still banned me when I did so.
I also noticed that a lot of my comments simply disappear without a trace. For example, there was a "question" about Trump not attending some WW1 ceremony supposedly because he was worried about his hair getting wet in the rain. I commented that he spent one hour standing in the rain the very next day. In response, someone requested a video of Trump standing in the rain prior to the event, and I found one and posted it too. These comments were simply deleted, even though they were obviously relevant.
There were many similar instances of mods deleting relevant comments, but I can't even recall them all.
This is rampant moderator abuse of his privileges (Which is what made me want to stop using the site and give away my reputation, BTW)
If this site made me feel as unwelcome as it did, I can only imagine how it makes Trump supporters and conservatives feel (I'm irreligious, support universal health care, progressive taxation, etc. etc. but I'm just not a fan of DNC's latest agenda)