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Something seems broken with the bounty system. I offered a bounty, accepted an answer prior to the deadline and then found that only half the bounty had been granted as the question had been "auto-accepted". This can't be right...

Here's the question:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4254496

Is there any way to give the answerer all he deserves?

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Isn't there a warning as well, saying that accepting is not sufficient? Oh, maybe not: Add popup alert box to choose bounty award when accepting the answer on bounty question –  Arjan Dec 6 '10 at 10:52
    
The auto-accepting of bounties is pretty ghetto too. I've asked a question to which there wasn't a sufficient answer, so I'm left unsatisfied and without any rep points to do anything worthwhile. Definitely won't be offering bounties any more. –  Eddie Parker Dec 9 '10 at 19:06
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up vote 3 down vote accepted

You can't just accept the answer - you need to click the bounty icon in order to award the full bounty amount otherwise half the bounty gets awarded (subject to some conditions.)

From the FAQ.....

Click the bounty award icon next to each answer to permanently award your bounty to the answerer.

and

If you do not award your bounty within 7 days, the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with at least 2 upvotes will be awarded half the bounty amount.

Check out the full set of rules about bounties in the FAQ and this blog post.

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Hmmm. Bad design. –  Carlton Gibson Dec 6 '10 at 10:20
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