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How does the bounty system work?

I set up a bounty for the following question. The bounty period expired but the highest-voted didn't get auto-accepted and I don't see the check mark to accept it. I'd like to accept graphicdevine's answer.

Blueprint: Push column partially in to another column

Is there any way to accept the highest-voted answer so that it doesn't count against my "accept rate"?

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marked as duplicate by juan, Ether, ChrisF, JSONBog, perbert Mar 9 '10 at 21:34

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.


Once the bounty expires, there's no going back. It's total commitment.

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Right, but usually the highest-voted answer gets auto-accepted. That didn't happen in this case. – sirlancelot Mar 9 '10 at 19:48
You have to have at least 2 votes to get the auto-accept. – Lance Roberts Mar 9 '10 at 19:49

The highest voted new answer with at least two votes gets autoaccepted.

If the answer was posted before you set the bounty, or it's less than 2 votes, then it won't be auto accepted.

If you allow the deadline to pass without selecting an answer, and none is eligible, then no answer will be chosen. Further, once the bounty process ends the accepted answer cannot be changed.

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