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I ran into a situation recently where I posted a question and a specific individual put in a LOT of effort to try and help me resolve the problem, but never actually found a solution.

In situations like this, is there some way I can give some of my reputation points to another person simply because they tried really hard to help? I marked their response as the accepted answer so they got something out of it, but I'd like to give them more credit for trying.

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A lot of the advice given here will be useful for you. Past that, also consider offering up a bounty. –  Grace Note Jun 17 '10 at 17:42
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possible duplicate of How come no option to 'tip' answerers? –  Ether Jun 17 '10 at 18:10
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That's what the bounty system is for. Start a bounty on your question, then award it to that person. (You will have to wait a day between bounty start and accept.)

You should unaccept first to remove the acceptance, otherwise you can't start the bounty.

Other bounty info at http://stackoverflow.com/faq

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But he said the answer is wrong. Awarding a bounty to a wrong answer seems like a bad solution on the face of it. –  mmyers Jun 17 '10 at 17:47
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@mmyers oh, I didn't see that.. for a wrong-but-nice-try answer, shouldn't an upvote suffice? –  Jeff Atwood Jun 17 '10 at 17:53
    
Well, an upvote is what I was going to suggest... –  mmyers Jun 17 '10 at 18:08
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