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")


Here's a link to the bounty FAQ.

From that page:

Can I award a bounty to my own answer?

Yes, but you do not receive the reputation that was allocated to the bounty. These answers display +0, “this answer has been awarded bounty worth 0 reputation”.

  • Oops, i haven't seen this part. Thank you – Chriskin May 9 '11 at 18:27

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 May 9 '11 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 May 12 '11 at 13:17

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