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How does the bounty system work?

I have set a bounty for the question and I have find the answer by myself, so how can I get my reputation back

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marked as duplicate by Oded, Pëkka, Lix, hims056, ChrisF Jan 22 '13 at 13:02

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If you post your answer (and explain exactly how to fix the problem you had) you might easily get 5 upvotes for it, thereby refunding your bounty... –  ben is uǝq backwards Jan 22 '13 at 13:11

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You don't get it back.

It is gone as soon as you post a bounty.

You are giving up reputation in order for the question to be seen in the "Featured" section.

See How does the bounty system work?

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OMG IM GONNA SUE YOU GUYZ –  Pëkka Jan 22 '13 at 12:44
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@Pekka - Go ahead. Make my day. –  Oded Jan 22 '13 at 12:45

The bounty you offered essentially is your "payment" for getting your question onto the "featured" tab. While it is there it receives more attention and has a better chance of getting an answer.

If for some reason you don't get any answers, your bounty simply expires and you don't get it back. Similarly, if you find the answer yourself, you don't get the reputation back because you have already reaped the benefits of having your question featured.

So the answer is simply - you can't. Once "paid" for, bounties are non refundable.

You only offered a 50 reputation bounty, that's not too much to get back from upvotes alone! Taking a look at your reputation graph, you even exceed the rep cap yesterday and got over 200! Well done!

I'm sure you'll be able to get those 50 points back really soon!

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....that is, until the sock puppet filter kicks in. Take another look at that graph. –  mikeTheLiar Jan 22 '13 at 16:43

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