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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.

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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.)

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  • 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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