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Is it possible to withdraw a bounty after starting a bounty?

A week back I started a bounty for a question on Stack Overflow.

I just found an answer for that question which was not on the answers list. Can I answer it and accept my own answer or withdraw the bounty?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Bounty is non-refundable, and the bounty is extracted permanently from your rep at the start of a bounty period.

You can answer and accept your own answer but no bounty will be awarded, and standard self-accept rules apply.

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@jeff got ur point... – Oscar Feb 10 '10 at 9:39
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@chendur it is still in your best interests to post the answer, since it can generate upvotes for you – Jeff Atwood Feb 10 '10 at 10:13
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@chendur, even without any upvotes it's also in your best interest to post it as it simply improves the quality of these sites. – Arjan Feb 10 '10 at 10:35
    
and @Arjan i ll do it.. – Oscar Feb 11 '10 at 5:11
    
Personally I'd rather give the points to a random person than see them evaporate. I've waited a week or two on a bountied question, only to see it go un-answered. – baash05 Mar 25 '13 at 4:23

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