In this question it is claimed that gold for disconnected players will flow to team mates in several different ways:
it would still be possible [after disconnects for] remaining players to control the abandoned hero, [who] could even continue, for example, farming for more gold for the team
And in comments:
@Jeroen wrote: Are you very sure gold from disconnected players goes to teammates?
@Qubei wrote: Several forum posts say similar things: "The gold of the disconnected player is split to the teammates." and "After abandonment, any gold acquired by the abandoned hero will be evenly distributed between teammates." This is why items on abandon heroes are usually sold: the gold goes to the other players.
Is this true? In what ways (if any) does gold flow from disconnected players to remaining teammates?
In spirit of Stack Overflow I'd share my research, but searching Arqade comes up empty (apart from linked question), and short of ruining a pub, empiricism is out of the question. So: does anyone know?