I posted this answer to my own question on which I had set a bounty. I lost the rep immediately when I set the bounty = OK, that's expected. I didn't get the bounty back when I added the best answer and accepted that = not OK, I had expected the bounty, based on how Superuser.com works.... so why didn't I get my bounty back?

(Please note that I'm not whining, I just want to understand the reason.)

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It has always worked the way you describe, see and compare



  • Okay. But why didn't I get the bounty back when I awarded it to myself? Is it to avoid cheating? Commented Mar 7, 2011 at 8:59
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    @tobengb If you think about it makes sense, otherwise people would be awarding bounties to themselves to get the extra exposure and it wouldn't cost them anything. Commented Mar 7, 2011 at 13:07
  • @Jorge, yes that does make sense! Commented Mar 10, 2011 at 7:27

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