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Why an answer can’t be accepted after an unresolved bounty?

I asked this question and offered a bounty to it, alas, the users who answered the question did not meet my requirements. couple of days after the bounty already ended a user answered the question right, I wanted to check this answer as the right one, but I can't!

How can I do it?

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marked as duplicate by random, Ladybug Killer, Troggy, GEOCHET, fretje Nov 2 '09 at 15:34

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

You can't. By design. Don't argue, it's worthless. – Ladybug Killer Nov 2 '09 at 15:25
"Thanks" John, I'm sure "glad" you are here to "help" me... – Eran Betzalel Nov 2 '09 at 15:43
Well, Eran, follow the dupe link and you will see that I tried to argue. It didn't help. – Ladybug Killer Nov 2 '09 at 19:40
Well, at least now I know that I have no reason to use this mechanism. – Eran Betzalel Nov 4 '09 at 14:37
Agreed - it's worse than useless to give credit where none is deserved. – user138345 Nov 9 '09 at 2:48
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The bounty action is a one way ticket. Once you buy it, you cannot change your mind later. The selected answer becomes irrevocably permanent. If you don't choose an answer and there is one answer with at least two upvotes, then one will be chosen for you and it cannot be changed. If there is no answer with at least two upvotes then no answer will be chosen, and you will not be able to select one later.

However, you are still free to edit the question or add comments, so if the bounty has locked down the answer, but you feel a better answer has come along, feel free to add comments, or even point out the better answer at the bottom of the question with a link.

If you believe that the selected answer is flat out wrong and may lead to errors in the future, flag the question and make a note for the moderators with your reasoning. They can fix individual problems like this when absolutely necessary.

Otherwise, once you start a bounty you are locked in to the consequences.

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"If you don't choose an answer, then one will be chosen for you, and that cannot be changed." -- not necessarily, see the /faq – Jeff Atwood Nov 2 '09 at 23:00
@Jeff - thanks for the correction. – Adam Davis Nov 3 '09 at 2:23

You can't.

After the bounty period is over, if you don't select an answer or one isn't auto-select by votes (at least +2) then you forfeit ever being able to select one.

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Thanks to Smithers, the "Edits made while you were too slow" appeared. No thanks to not having that old link back to the answer and instead foolishly snapping back a page and forgetting to snap a shot of the screen beforehand. Boo hoo. – random Nov 2 '09 at 15:39
I'm sorry I messed your edit. :( – Ladybug Killer Nov 2 '09 at 19:36
Sorry isn't enough. You'll have to do 23 hail skeet's and answer 42 noob questions as wiki to atone. – Adam Davis Nov 2 '09 at 20:43
@Adam: Could I paint them? – Ladybug Killer Nov 2 '09 at 21:00
The edit was good, no complaints on that. – random Nov 2 '09 at 21:45

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