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How does the bounty system work?

I asked a question and it received a couple of answers. I'm getting a message that says I may want to ask for a bounty on the question.

I'm not really sure what a bounty is or does. However, I did answer my own question — in case anyone else needed the answer for something similar — and I am not allowed to vote for my own answer. What is proper Stack Overflow etiquette in this situation?

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Questions about "bounty" are well covered here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/16065/… –  Robert Cartaino Feb 6 '10 at 15:56

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You are not allowed to vote for your own answer, correct. Because obviously you think your answer is helpful, as you wrote it.

If you haven't found a solution to your problem, you can open a bounty and give some of you reputation to another user that correctly answers your question.

However, if you have already found a solution that no one has provided an answer for, you can answer your own question and accept your answer. This can only be done 2 days after the question is posted.

The FAQ is very helpful.

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Answering your own question is completely legit. But as you mentioned, you aren't allowed to upvote it. Others should give their opinion on the quality of the answer.

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