I posted a question and started a bounty.

The only answer was more general and did not help for the question.

Finally I found a solution myself and posted it. Since there was no better answer I accepted my one answer.

Now I wounder: What will happen to the bounty?

Even the extended FAQ does not answer this question: How does the bounty system work?

An accepted answer that does not meet the above criteria is still ignored by the automatic-awarding system unless it is accepted during the bounty period. An answer accepted during the bounty period will automatically be awarded the full bounty.

But it also says I can't award a bounty to my own answer.

So what does the automatic do?

I am just asking because if it does to waste I better award it to the other answer.


Bounty is not tied to accept.

Therefore whether you accept your own answer or not, does not matter by definition.

(and the fallback you quote, ignores self-accepts since you can't award the bounty to yourself, also by definition.)

  • Ok, thanks. I added this to the FAQ. Jan 25 '12 at 9:17
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    note that accepted answer is only used as a fallback default at the end of the bounty period if the bounty owner made no other choices and accepted during the bounty period. Jan 25 '12 at 9:23
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    "you can't award the bounty to yourself" - strange, given I found the answer myself.
    – PeterX
    Apr 6 '16 at 23:27

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