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I just encountered this question, which is very cute and funny and has nothing to do with programming. I tried voting to close, but was informed by the system that I can't do that when there's a bounty on the question. So, since there's a seven-day bounty, this will remain open for at least a week.

I really don't care what happens to the bounty rep, I just want to be able to close questions that are thoroughly inappropriate although not offensive.

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Flag it for moderator attention. I agree that setting up a bounty should not prevent a question from being closed. All I can say for that, though, is the fact that the question remained open long enough for a bounty to get posted should say that the community felt it was worthy of being open in the first place.

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...or that it coasted beneath the radar long enough :) – Sampson Aug 26 '09 at 11:24
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I respectfully disagree with the last statement. Often enough a question won't receive any answers because it is pretty bad but perhaps nobody though it is absolutely terrible. Once a bounty is posted there's a "sharks' frenzy" to provide some kind of answer. In the process, which draws [more] eyes to the question, the problems with it (and why it received no pre-bounty answers) become apparent. To make an analogy: you can post obscure hoaxes on Wikipedia and they can last for years, until someone pays close attention to the page... Just because it's up for a while doesn't mean much. – Fizz Dec 30 '14 at 13:09
    
I'm reposting this so its easy to see. You can click close, go through all the motions, and only then find out that you can't close it. – Liam William Oct 27 '15 at 15:46

The moderators have a menu to remove / refund the bounty, so this is no longer an issue. Flag such things for moderator attention as the moderators have all the tools necessary to deal with this now.

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But why should the mod just believe me? Since we can't vote, we can't pile the complete jury verdict? – Rosinante Nov 22 '10 at 1:28
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You can click close, go through all the motions, and only then find out that you can't close it. Could you at least change the "This question has an open bounty and cannot be closed." to add something like "consider flagging it for moderator attention." Alternatively remove closing across the board and make flagging for a moderator the default way to close a question. – dlamblin Nov 21 '11 at 5:30
    
I believe you mean diamond moderators not regular moderators according to this post – Liam William Sep 24 '15 at 22:31

You can still flag for moderator attention if it is off-topic. Moderators can and do refund bounties (albeit rarely). I did that just this morning, to move something to SU.

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