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How does the bounty system work?

When someone asks a question and puts a bounty on it, but doesn't select an answer, the bounty goes to the highest voted answer with at least two up-votes. What happens when two answers are tied?

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marked as duplicate by Grace Note, John Rudy, squillman, mmyers, perbert Jun 9 '10 at 18:22

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From the Bounty FAQ "What happens if I feel my question is still unanswered?" - The answer with the most votes is automatically accepted after 7 days. The bounty is subtracted from your reputation. The answerer is awarded half the bounty amount. If more than one answer is tied with most votes, the first answer receives the award. –  Grace Note Jun 9 '10 at 18:14
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up vote 1 down vote accepted

From @ccomet's answer-comment:
From the Bounty FAQ:

The answer with the most votes is automatically accepted after 7 days. The bounty is subtracted from your reputation. The answerer is awarded half the bounty amount. If more than one answer is tied with most votes, the first answer receives the award.

Emphasis ccomet's/mine. Posted so there can be an accepted answer on this question. Marked CW only because I don't deserve rep for this.

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I don't think closed questions count towards accept rate. –  mmyers Jun 9 '10 at 18:29
    
@mmyers From the acceptance FAQ (and converting a bullet list to a comma list) "Which questions do not affect the accept rate?" The following questions are not included in the accept rate calculation: Community Wiki Questions, Closed Questions, Questions with no answers –  Grace Note Jun 9 '10 at 18:41
    
@mmyers, what does accept rate have to do with anything? –  Pops Jun 9 '10 at 19:04
    
@Popular: You said "Posted so there can be an accepted answer on this question", so I thought that's what you were talking about. –  mmyers Jun 9 '10 at 19:07
    
@mmyers, I posted so it wouldn't clutter up the Unanswered Questions tab. But either way, I couldn't have posted my answer after the question was closed. –  Pops Jun 9 '10 at 21:04
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I can't post a relevant FAQ entry because it isn't actually stated there (curses! No 3 for 3!), but a manual examination of the 16 pages of Unanswered Questions shows no questions that are closed. So I think it can be safe to say that closed questions are not added to the Unanswered Questions tab. –  Grace Note Jun 9 '10 at 21:39
    
@Popular Demand: You posted when there were 4 close votes, but I see now that you're under 3k so you couldn't have known that. And either way, there's no harm done; I just thought you might have had a misconception. :) –  mmyers Jun 9 '10 at 21:50
    
@mmyers: Wow. Way to rub my low rep in my face. Jerk. (I'm kidding, of course; I appreciate your intent to help. The "discovery" that there are no closed "Unanswered" questions is nice, too.) –  Pops Jun 10 '10 at 1:28
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