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Can I refuse a bounty?

Usually I pop in and out of the front page, looking at the stuff there and posting a few answers before going off to do other things.

So, I answered this question yesterday. I noticed it had a bounty but didn't really think of it. Thing is, today it was awarded, and suddenly now I'm 200 points richer than I deserve to be.

I want to put the rep in question back where it belongs. I don't need or want 200 extra points for a 15-point action. I'm guessing it's not possible, but I have to ask anyway - is it? I'm not desperate to be rid of it but I do want to give it back to the asker if it's not too much of a pain.

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marked as duplicate by Josh Caswell, Adam Lear Nov 29 '11 at 22:21

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

(Re)post a bounty of your own on the question for 200 rep and award it to who you think deserves it. – chown Nov 29 '11 at 18:09
What a pointless question. Seriously. You scored the bounty, move on. Nobody really wants to hear your calls of "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy". – slugster Nov 29 '11 at 18:47
Upvoted this due to its being a well-written and useful Meta question, not because I support the premise or want to see anything like this implemented. – Josh Caswell Nov 29 '11 at 19:34

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Click the "start a bounty" link below the comments.

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That would be less than ideal. I would have to tell the question-asker to post a garbage answer just so I could award it (which I'm guessing would lead to a bit of "no u" in terms of who should get the points), and during the delay time the question would be back on the featured tab for no reason. – Toomai Nov 29 '11 at 18:31
@Toomai: Find an answer of the asker's that you like and post a "Reward existing answer" bounty on that. – Josh Caswell Nov 29 '11 at 18:35
@Toomai Why would you want to give the reputation back to the asker? He posted the bounty on the question so it would get a better answer. Posting a new bounty is the best way to give it back. – Bill the Lizard Nov 29 '11 at 18:37

There is no way, short of paying it forward or finding a question of yours which the creator of the bounty has answered, to refund bounties.

To look at the bigger picture, why don't you think you deserve those points? You posted a relevant link to Wikipedia, showed a screenshot of a popular implementation, and gave the authoritative name of the element. Whether you were trying or not, you wrote a good answer. Enjoy the bounty!

If you felt really generous, you could edit your answer to better solve the OP's problem (this question: Tri-state Check box in HTML? might help you...), but that's not necessary.

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