I just wanted to know if the bounty goes away to other users. If my answer is best voted, to whom the bounty will go?

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The bounty is automatically offered to the answer that:

  • It is given after the bounty was started
  • It has a score of at least +2
  • It is not given from the user who offered the bounty

If two or more eligible answers have the same score, the oldest answer is awarded the bounty.
If no answers meet these criteria, the bounty ends without it being awarded to any answer, and is not refunded to the bounty starter.

You cannot manually assign the bounty to your own answer; the award button will not be visible for your own answers.


  • what if my own answer gets +2 and the other doesn't?
    – AjitS
    May 7, 2012 at 11:38
  • It makes no difference...you can't award a bounty to yourself no matter what happens
    – Clive Mod
    May 7, 2012 at 11:44
  • Where does the bounty go?
    – AjitS
    May 7, 2012 at 11:45
  • i was asking because i have a similar thing going on here.
    – AjitS
    May 7, 2012 at 11:51
  • It goes to the big pile of unused bounty points in the sky :) Seriously though, once you offer a bounty you've lost those points. There are some occasions when moderators will close/delete a question when a bounty has been offered in error, and refund the points...but as I understand it those occasions are quite rare
    – Clive Mod
    May 7, 2012 at 12:17
  • Instead of it, should I award it to a competing answer just as an encouragement. The answer did not solve my purpose, though.
    – AjitS
    May 7, 2012 at 12:56
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    If an answer didn't help you then awarding a bounty on it might give the wrong impression to future users, who would assume it was helpful in solving your problem. If it was helpful at then I'd award the bounty, if not, I'd just let it go :)
    – Clive Mod
    May 7, 2012 at 16:49
  • oh, now I got it. Thank you so much. I'll follow your instructions. Cheers :)
    – AjitS
    May 8, 2012 at 4:48

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