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I asked a question on Stack Overflow: Refactoring and creating seperate methods.

I want to award my bounty to this answer by user NetMage

However, my Stack Overflow account is suspended recently for 7 days, and the suspension still has 5 more days to end.And I know I can't vote, ask, answer or comment as pointed on A Day in the Penalty Box by Mr.Atwood with the sentence below.

You will be unable to vote, ask, answer, or comment.

I couldn't find anything about not being able to accept an answer or award bounty so I tried to accept the mentioned answer above and award my bounty to it and I got a

Suspended users cannot vote

rejection which can be seen below with a screenshot.

Suspended users cannot vote screenshot

I know this

If you do not award your bounty within 7 days, the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with at least 2 upvotes will be awarded half the bounty amount.

from FAQ-Bounty.

None of the answer given to my question is upvoted and the answer I mentioned is not the oldest one after the bounty started so it won't be awarded by community.

What can I do? (except being a good guy and not get suspended :))

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I didn't request any feature or anything why did you add a status-declined tag to this question? – Bastardo Oct 13 '11 at 23:44

2 Answers 2

up vote 17 down vote accepted

In my opinion, it's too much of a corner case to address it in code. Perhaps someone on the team can reset the bounty expiration to after the suspension expires. I'd send a note to team@stackoverflow.com (perhaps pointing them to this question), though I suspect they'll see it here anyway.

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yes, that could work I guess and I am also ok with somebody from SO team accepting that answer and awarding the bounty if it is possible.Thank you Mr.tvanfosson. – Bastardo Jul 27 '11 at 19:44

We have said this before, I will say it again.

We do not intend to put any extra effort supporting outlier users that have abused the system. Consider being unable to assign a bounty part of your "punishment".

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Aren't you just punishing the people who answered the question, before they even knew they cannot get the bounty? – Kobi Aug 30 '11 at 4:08
@Kobi, the odds this would happen are so low that I do not care to fix it. If we allow suspended users a certain class of actions, we are not suspending them – waffles Aug 30 '11 at 5:11
that is offensive. – Bastardo Aug 31 '11 at 2:58

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