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Am quite confused here. I just had a question Progress Dialog dismissing problem for which I had to set an bounty of 50 reps. The thing is that, I believe I have accepted a wrong answer first and have offered my bounty to a a non relevant answer. Though I am capable of changing my accepted answer, I am not allowed to re offer the bounty to correct answer. I know this is late, but this might help someone in the future. Can anyone clarify this.

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I'm fine with the current design - giving bounty is permanent and non reversible action and that's how it should be. One just have to think twice before clicking answer in random and confirming the JS dialog. – Shadow Wizard Jul 2 '11 at 16:10
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Once the bounty is awarded, it's permanently awarded:

Awarding a bounty cannot be undone.

http://stackoverflow.com/privileges/set-bounties

http://stackoverflow.com/faq#bounty

Incidentally, neither of those pages say it, but you have 24 hours after the expiration of the bounty to make your award: A grace period of one day to award the bounty after expiration (without remaining featured, of course)

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Per this

http://stackoverflow.com/posts/6250049/revisions

You manually awarded the bounty to a specific answer. This can only be done through a javascript confirm dialog so it is not possible to do accidentally.

Note that accepting an answer is a different and unrelated action. You can read about the background here.

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/06/improvements-to-bounty-system/

(there is one edge condition: if someone accepts an answer during the bounty period but fails to award the bounty, we assume they wanted the accepted answer to have the bounty; this would occur 24 hours after the bounty period is over.)

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We should force users to confirm the confirmation dialogue. Just to be sure. – Adam Davis Jul 2 '11 at 14:42
    
"You just clicked 'Yes'. Aren't you sure that you didn't not want to award this bounty?" – Adam Davis Jul 2 '11 at 14:46

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