Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

Currently as it stands, once you open a bounty for a question, and once you've accepted an answer for that, you can never ever unaccept it anymore. And if a better answer appears or if you realize that you've make a mistake in accepting a wrong answer, you are out of luck (see this question).

To me this is as unreasonable as auto-accept answer after bounty period expires. But I don't know what others think. I'm putting this up as a feature request.

share|improve this question

Do accepted answers have an expiration timer like votes do? If this were a feature, I think it would still have to be subject to the expiration timer.

As a practical matter, I think bounty answers should be chosen carefully. If possible, the answer should be tested to see if the solution works before the answer is accepted. Given SO's bias towards quick answers, the vote on a carefully-chosen answer shouldn't need to be changed, even if a better answer arrives later.

I wouldn't be opposed to a confirmation dialog:

This action cannot be changed later.  
Are you sure you want to award the bounty to this answer?
share|improve this answer
I like the warning idea. +1 – Super Long Names are Hilarious Oct 23 '09 at 5:43

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .