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Plenty of people inquire on Meta about getting their bounty back; the latest case was today.

I was surprised to find that there is indeed no mention of bounties' non-refundability during the actual process.

Yeah, yeah, people should read the FAQ and all that, but it seems fair (and trivially easy) to mention the fact briefly. Please add something like

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But...but..I don't want to refund them. I just want to award them to my own answer. –  Bart Feb 1 '13 at 13:52
If my memory serves me right, there used to be an alert which popped up when you were going to finalize the bounty reminding you of this. Is it still there? –  Yi Jiang Feb 1 '13 at 13:56
@Tim good point! Just tried it out, it's not there any more (at least not on Meta). I'll be happy to test on SO if anybody can think of a question that deserves a bounty –  Pëkka Feb 1 '13 at 13:59
I'm with @Bart - especially given the fact I'm the only person who even managed to answer! –  Steve Fenton Feb 5 '13 at 15:17
Please note that my comment was largely tongue-in-cheek @SteveFenton, hinting that users would still come to Meta in surprise. I did in fact vote this proposal up. –  Bart Feb 5 '13 at 15:36
Sorry Steve, my response above was complete nonsense. I took your comment to be a response to an entirely different conversation about bounties where I disagreed with @Bart. –  Pëkka Feb 5 '13 at 15:38
Which is of course nonsense as well @Pekka웃....disagreeing with me....tsk tsk tsk. –  Bart Feb 5 '13 at 15:40
@Bart IT'S A WAY OF LIFE MAN –  Pëkka Feb 5 '13 at 15:46
Now I feel like I've missed out because I never saw the comment :) –  Steve Fenton Feb 5 '13 at 16:09
@Steve heh! It said something like "If you managed to give an answer, why would the OP deny you the bounty?" It seemed like a continuation of the argument we were having here: Explicit "do not award bounty" button –  Pëkka Feb 5 '13 at 16:16
Yeah. That makes no sense here. I'm starting a new topic Why don't people read comments properly before responding? :) –  Steve Fenton Feb 5 '13 at 16:44
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