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I have a bounty set to a question of myself and someone has given an answer.

However, the problem does not exist anymore (I have restarted the computer which I seldom do and the problem is not showing up anymore).

Since I cannot tell if the solution works and not even if I can use the solution, should I still give the bounty? I upvoted because the answer might be correct and for the time he took to answer.

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It's your bounty to decide whether the poster earned it or whether you want 50% or more of it to just evaporate. –  TCPMAN.EXE Aug 14 '12 at 23:15
    
Is it possible to give a partial bounty? –  Michel Keijzers Aug 14 '12 at 23:16
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My current understanding is that if you don't award the full bounty, 50% of it will be awarded to one or more answers with > 2 upvotes. –  TCPMAN.EXE Aug 14 '12 at 23:17
    
Ok well currently I have one answer which only I upvoted (guess it is not an interesting question though). –  Michel Keijzers Aug 14 '12 at 23:18
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up vote 5 down vote accepted

If the answer doesn't provably solve the problem, then I wouldn't give the bounty.

(Unless it can be proven.)

I would, however, answer your own question, and state that a reboot did solve the problem.

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Note that a reboot is probably not the actual solution, it just made the symptom go away temporarily. The problem most likely will return. –  Aaron Bertrand Aug 14 '12 at 23:23
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@AaronBertrand True, although without knowing anything about the problem, I personally wouldn't feel comfortable guessing. Especially with MS products. –  Dave Newton Aug 14 '12 at 23:28
    
It's 'only' a hobby project, so the warning is not critical, however I just don't like having warnings in something I create, even if I'm the only one looking at it. Besides, it distracts from possible real warning (currently I have 0 errors, 0 warnings and 0 messages and I like to keep it that way). –  Michel Keijzers Aug 15 '12 at 0:03
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