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None of the answers are any good, I don't wish to give a bounty. Is this possible?

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possible duplicate of How does the bounty system work? –  Pops Nov 8 '10 at 20:59
    
50 bounty is a waste of our time. Rephrase: your rep. –  Uphill Luge Nov 9 '10 at 1:40
    
@Popular this is probably a better link to pass around: meta.stackoverflow.com/privileges/set-bounties –  waffles Nov 9 '10 at 1:48
    
@waffles, oh, right, there're specific pages now. Fair enough. –  Pops Nov 9 '10 at 14:31

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You can let it lapse, or answer it yourself and assign the bounty to you (you will get no points)

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But will he lose any? –  John Nov 9 '10 at 1:46
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@john bounties are non-redeemable ... once you set it you lost the rep. see: meta.stackoverflow.com/privileges/set-bounties –  waffles Nov 9 '10 at 1:47
    
That's what I thought. I just wondered if he might lose the rep by setting a bounty, and then regain it by awarding it to himself effectively causing no change at all. –  John Nov 9 '10 at 1:49
    
bounties are non-redeemable I assume you meant non-refundable. Yes, it’s been argued many times, and while most people don’t like the idea of bounties evaporating into thin air, it does make at least a little sense. If you post a classified ad, you can pay some money to have it “stickied” or in color or something for a while in order to draw more attention to it. If your ad didn’t work and you didn’t sell/buy what you wanted to, you don’t get a refund. This is the same thing. (On the other hand, even lawyers often offer you-don-pay-anything-if-we-don’t-win-your-case deals.) –  Synetech Dec 24 '13 at 2:09

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