I put a bounty on a question of mine and later found a solution to that problem. I was given 0 points for the answer (obviously) but i was also not given the bounty points back when i clicked for it.

I don't really care about the points themselves, I just thought it was strange.

(i put the tag of "bug" because it seemed like the less wrong one - it wouldn't let me post without one of "bug feature-request discussion support")


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Here's a link to the bounty FAQ.

From that page (updated):

Can I award a bounty to my own answer?

No. This used to be possible, but it has been disabled. The user would not get the reputation back, and the bounty will be displayed as +0, “this answer has been awarded bounty worth 0 reputation”.


Why would we allow this? Think it through. This means you could start a bounty, enjoy all the privileges of promotion that a bounty confers -- and then answer and accept your own answer to get "refunded" the bounty in full.

So, that would make bounties effectively free and risk-free. Which makes no sense...

  • I don't think that anyone cares about 50 points that much that he/she would try to cheat in order to get them. I might be wrong, of course
    – Chriskin
    Commented May 9, 2011 at 18:28
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    Yes @Chriskin, I’m afraid you are wrong. There’s more than 95% nice people out there, but also more than 5% who would consider cheating. (My math here is intentional.)
    – MPi
    Commented May 12, 2011 at 13:17

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