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Never told this anyone, but Jorge is one of the main reasons that I finally stuck around here. He put a bounty on my third question ever, in what is the pre- history in my AU experience, actually of my Ubuntu experience in general. I was impressed by the gesture, and felt honoured. I still am. Does that mean that I should be like Jorge? No. Jorge has the ...


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If you can answer them, answer them! Bountied questions are on the "featured" tab. This is mostly done to attract more attention, because the OP is looking for a (good) answer. So, no, this is perfectly normal to answer the questions on which a bounty is set. However, it is common to see an extensive answer being posted, rather than a quick-n-dirty one.


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As soon as you put a bounty on a question the reputation is deducted from your total - as there are no refunds on bounties. As such the resulting "lower than posted" rep means they originally had around 800 rep prior to posting the bounty.


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There's no obligatory minimum level of participation on a Stack Exchange site. It's neither immoral nor against prevailing community standards, even if you didn't participate at all. Of course, we appreciate it when someone contributes to this community; it's a good thing. But it is by no means obligatory. Since there's no obligation to participate at all, ...


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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...


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Your question is a variation of this Meta and our FAQ: http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/1066/why-dont-i-get-my-reputation-back-when-i-answer-the-question-myself?rq=1 The key quote is All bounties are paid for up front and non-refundable under any circumstances. Indeed, on Meta Stackoverflow this is described in detail and I'm quoting directly since ...


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Like all bug-related questions, I suggest we close them. Just because it was bountied doesn't make it any different from other bug questions and hence, we should refund the bounty and close it as off-topic. Given the nature that it is a bug, I don't see how the question would be resolved if it were left open. Waiting for the bounty period to expire sounds ...


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If things stayed as they were, you would not get the bounty. The single highest scored post (as long as it's >+2) gets half the bounty if the bounty expires. I've cleaned up the post, have left a message and asked the chat room to vote for it. Normally speaking all of the above is frowned upon but I think we have a special set of circumstances.


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The bounty doesn't get refunded under any circumstance. As per the help center. Take a look at the first bullet in the list. So if the bounty is not awarded to any one, it gets lost.


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You can absolutely do that; you can award bounties to any answer as mentioned by Mark Kirby. There is a bounty reason just for giving extra credit to awesome answers: One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty I will add though, that personal gratitude is not really the intended reason to award a bounty. The purpose of a ...


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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”.


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Just put it in the bounty box There! Should we allow such advertisements about bounties, and to what extent? Where should this information be put, and how should it be indicated? So, to me, this seems already present in the system and such information should not belong in the body of the question. If you feel this field is too limited in terms of ...


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You can make that amount in upvotes easily. If bounties are so low, they diminish in value, when you give a bounty you're effectively saying "I really want eyes on this question, so much so I've given X of my hard earned reputation". If you're uncomfortable giving the minimum 50 rep, especially if a question is difficult, a 5 or 10 rep incentive is ...


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Once a bounty is awarded (or the bounty period has expired if the bounty has not been awarded), you can't remove the bounty from one answer and award it to another. What you can do, is to start another bounty and award it to the new answer as you see it fits.


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See How does the bounty system work? Can I raise my bounty? You can offer as many bounties on a question as you want. However, only one bounty can be active on a question at a time. Moreover, any user may have at most 3 concurrent bounties at a time. Can I add additional bounty for the question? As in adding to the total? No.


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To an extent this is an XY problem. General Advice for Getting Questions Answers When You Can't Afford a Bounty (and even if you can!) Bounties are a secondary measure for attracting additional attention to a question. They are not initially available (you must wait a minimum of 48 hours after a question is asked to attach a bounty to it), and they are ...


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Same you would any other bounty. Hit "Start a Bounty" Add the bounty with the reason "one of the answers is exemplary" or what ever it is now. After the time period for having to 'wait' to deliver the bounty, award the bounty to the answer you think deserves it. I've done this myself, and I"ve also received such myself, in the past, so it should work.


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If the question owner didn't accept an answer, and the bounty expires, half the reputation goes to the highest rated answer (score >=2) posted after the bounty was started. If no answer meets that criterion then the bounty just dies off without being awarded. The bounty poster doesn't get the reputation back, and the bounty expires.


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You need to have more than 75 reputation.


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No, You can't You can't give bounty to the system because comments are less important and it may be removed without any warning. You can award bounty if he posted it as separate answer. But since it is already answered by editing current answer there is no need duplicating it


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A question must be older than 2 days before you can add a bounty. For completeness' sake, you also can't add a bounty to a question that has an accepted answer. See also: http://meta.stackoverflow.com/content/stackoverflowmeta/img/favicon.ico How does the bounty system work?


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If you already have a bounty running on a question, you would not be given an option to either close or delete the question. If you want to close or delete question, for whatever reason, you can possibly flag the question and ask the moderator to refund the bounty, so that you can proceed to close or delete the question. Though I can't guarantee that the ...


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Thats pretty much how you do it. Ask good interesting questions, research (rome wasn't built in a day) answers that interest you. I've ended up self answering questions I asked in a few instances, and its hugely satisfying. There's no shortcuts - learn new stuff, answer questions and be awesome. Level yourself up! If the answers don't come to you, search ...


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No. Bounty means "get more attention" not "get a sure answer". You throw your money to the guild to see if they can solve your problem, the guild can try but isn't secure. You only paid so you could get the attention, not so your problem gets solved. Sometimes your bounty can go back to you in upvotes to your answer (ie, you placed a 50 rep bounty, got ...


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Yes you can and it's a bit of a trick but WinEunuuchs2Unix deserves the bounty for all the work he put into it. Accept WinEunuuchs2Unix's answer, press "yes" to awarding your bounty, then accept Fabby's as the truth 25 hours later. If you would accept Fabby's now, that would be totally unfair to WinEunuuchs2Unix However, It's completely up to you what you ...


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This is a moot point on SE 2.0 site metas like this one. Bounties aren't possible on these child meta sites at all. Bounties are acceptable on Meta Stack Overflow largely for the reasons you mentioned - to draw more attention to the question. I've had mixed results with it myself. Generally I find that most high-rep users, moderators, and employees try to ...


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You can do a couple of things: Share them on social networks with the share buttons. Edit the question to improve it. Start documenting at least a partial answer to get the question some attention. Ask the original poster in a comment to add the results of his research to his question. This is the big one that most people don't do, which is why questions ...


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Unfortunately, this is not possible. Awarding a bounty is permanent and cannot be undone. When you award a bounty, the following message is displayed:


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Shrug. Basically, since you can't award the bounty to yourself, the best thing to do is just let the bounty expire. If anyone happens to post a better ansser than yours in the time remaining, give them the bounty. Even if it is not as good as yours, if it is good enough, you may as well award the bounty. You can't get it back so you might as well give it to ...


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