I asked a question on Stack Overflow: Refactoring and creating separate methods.

I want to award my bounty to this answer by user NetMage

However, my Stack Overflow account is suspended recently for 7 days, and the suspension still has 5 more days to end. And I know I can't vote, ask, answer, or comment as pointed on A Day in the Penalty Box by Mr.Atwood with the sentence below.

You will be unable to vote, ask, answer, or comment.

I couldn't find anything about not being able to accept an answer or award bounty so I tried to accept the mentioned answer above and award my bounty to it and I got a

Suspended users cannot vote

rejection which can be seen below with a screenshot.

Suspended users cannot vote screenshot

I know this

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.

from the Bounty help page.

None of the answers given to my question is upvoted and the answer I mentioned is not the oldest one after the bounty started so it won't be awarded by community.

What can I do? (except being a good guy and not get suspended :))

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    I didn't request any feature or anything why did you add a status-declined tag to this question?
    – Bastardo
    Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 23:44

2 Answers 2


In my opinion, it's too much of a corner case to address it in code. Perhaps someone on the team can reset the bounty expiration to after the suspension expires. I'd send a note to [email protected] (perhaps pointing them to this question), though I suspect they'll see it here anyway.

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    yes, that could work I guess and I am also ok with somebody from SO team accepting that answer and awarding the bounty if it is possible.Thank you Mr.tvanfosson.
    – Bastardo
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 19:44

We have said this before, I will say it again.

We do not intend to put any extra effort supporting outlier users that have abused the system. Consider being unable to assign a bounty part of your "punishment".

  • 36
    Aren't you just punishing the people who answered the question, before they even knew they cannot get the bounty?
    – Kobi
    Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 4:08
  • 7
    @Kobi, the odds this would happen are so low that I do not care to fix it. If we allow suspended users a certain class of actions, we are not suspending them
    – waffles
    Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 5:11
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    this answer does not make sense because the person being most punished is not the "abuser", but the answerer, so regardless of whether you think it should be fixed, which is another issue, this answer is wrong.
    – Tommy
    Commented May 13, 2016 at 19:55

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