Recently, I learned it is not possible to either vote or flag a question as off-topic when it has a bounty. Normally the advice is to flag it for moderator attention, but this question was asked by a moderator. It was bountied on March 17, March 23, and again on March 30. The question is locked for comments.
This denies the community any opportunity to discuss whether or not the question should be considered on-topic. The question has attracted as many upvotes as downvotes.
What options does the community have when a moderator asks a question, puts it under permanent bounty, and comments are locked?