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I want to put bounty on my question here. It already has 3 closing votes, what if it gets closed after starting a bounty ?

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You want to put a bounty on a question that will have multiple correct answers? WTF? – XMLbog Jan 6 '10 at 16:48
no probs ..answer with most up-votes will be accepted as correct – Xinus Jan 6 '10 at 16:56
See also: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/24653/… Moderators can revoke a bounty... – Shog9 Jan 6 '10 at 17:04
what if I answer a bounty question, and then a moderator closes it for whatever reason? who gets the bounty points? – SeanC May 3 '12 at 20:50

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It won't. Questions with a bounty on them can't be closed.

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Bounties are (too) frequently set to prevent the question from being closed/migrated.... – squillman Jan 6 '10 at 16:49
You have to wait 2 days before you can set a bounty. If the question wasn't closed by then, it shouldn't be too bad. – balpha Jan 6 '10 at 16:50
Less of a problem on SO than SF.... – squillman Jan 6 '10 at 17:12
@balpha: This one is. Its current score is -4, it has a single answer. Even the community at large is distancing themselves from it. Can't say that I blame them. I'd cast the fifth vote, but because bounty questions can't be closed ... well, obviously I can't. :) – John Rudy Jan 6 '10 at 17:42
If the community doesn't feel strong enough about it to close the question within two days, then so be it. In the (probably not too common) case where a bad apple question really falls through the net, you can still call for a moderator, as Shog9 points out. – balpha Jan 6 '10 at 19:08
... which apparently is exactly what happened in this case, as I just see. – balpha Jan 6 '10 at 19:16
@balpha : WRONG! It is perfectly possible to flag questions with an open bounty... – user2284570 May 9 '14 at 10:26
@user2284570 NOT WRONG! It certainly wasn't when I wrote this answer more than four years ago. But it still is correct. You can indeed flag a question for closure (something that didn't exist back then), but it cannot actually be closed until the bounty is gone (either because it's awarded/expired, or because a moderator removed it). – balpha May 9 '14 at 10:54

It is possible to flag questions with an open bounty and get it closed. Just write the standard version of the flag in others. This is what I got for the followings : 1

This make the only case were the lost reputation is refunded to the person who started the bounty (you see something like +50 3 hours ago bounty on the reputation user tab).

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