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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pros and cons of installing Ubuntu alongside Windows Boot Manager Bounty suggested: 250 Reason suggested: The accepted answer to this question says I have personally messed 4 laptop hard disks simply because I failed to understand the right process. I noticed that the same thing happened in several questions at Ask Ubuntu. I'm looking for more detailed ...


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As detailed in How does the bounty system work?, when you place a bounty, after a week plus a grace period if no answers have +2 on votes or you haven't granted the bounty, the bounty simply expires and you've lost the points. This is why the bounty page gives you notes that once you issue a bounty it isn't going to be able to be recovered/refunded. This ...


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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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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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It didn't simply disappear. It wasn't awarded to anyone, that's all. Look at the revision history: You need answers with score >= 2 for automatic awards.


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I think there is a bit of confusion on your part, you seem to be confusing the company Canonical who make Ubuntu with the English meaning of the word, it is an easy mistake to make here, a relevant definition of the word (from dictionary.com via Zanna in comments) authorized; recognized; accepted: So what they actually want is a definitive or best answer ...


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No.


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Once the bounty ends you will have the option to start another, higher, bounty (in minimum increments of 50, or higher if you choose). You cannot change a running bounty.


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I have a moral problem with the votes and bounty reward on the following question Speaking of the votes: those are fair. Why? Because important details should be edited into the question and not added as a comment. Answerers and voters shouldn't really have to look into the comments section before voting, and the question as it stood highly suggested ...


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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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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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Retracting Flags As Zanna says, the appropriate action when you have raised a flag that you have then realized is wrong or unhelpful is to retract the flag. Most (but not all) types of flags can be retracted. Flags on questions and answers, including the custom "in need of moderator intervention" flag where you type in a description of what is ...


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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 ...


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No, you can't. You'll have to award the bounty now (or in the next 24 hours, the so-called 'grace period'). If you don't, none of the existing answers will get the bounty and if you do want to award one of them which turns out to help you, you'll need to post another bounty (and remember that each time the amount needs to double). Or just upvote and accept ...


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Bounties have an extra grace period past the original 7 days. You get email notifications when the 7 days end and you enter the grace period.


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I don't understand what the "How is a bounty awarded" section doesn't answer this entirely: After the bounty ends, there is a grace period of 24 hours to manually award the bounty. [...] If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with a minimum score of 2 will be ...


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You started the bounty and paid with your own points, so you can decide whichever answer it shall be awarded to. There is no requirement or recommendation to award it to the accepted or highest voted answer - it just usually happens to be like that because all three are indicators of the most helpful answer. An answer having few or no votes so far does ...


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There is no such thing as a bounty control transfer. Moderators can't do it, they can only revoke and return the bounty which requires exceptional circumstances I believe. There's no way to transfer control as far as I am aware


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You have complete control over who the bounty goes to. The OP has no say.


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