I have a bounty set to a question of myself and someone has given an answer.

However, the problem does not exist anymore (I have restarted the computer which I seldom do and the problem is not showing up anymore).

Since I cannot tell if the solution works and not even if I can use the solution, should I still give the bounty? I upvoted because the answer might be correct and for the time he took to answer.

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    It's your bounty to decide whether the poster earned it or whether you want 50% or more of it to just evaporate.
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 23:15
  • Is it possible to give a partial bounty? Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 23:16
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    My current understanding is that if you don't award the full bounty, 50% of it will be awarded to one or more answers with > 2 upvotes.
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 23:17
  • Ok well currently I have one answer which only I upvoted (guess it is not an interesting question though). Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 23:18

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If the answer doesn't provably solve the problem, then I wouldn't give the bounty.

(Unless it can be proven.)

I would, however, answer your own question, and state that a reboot did solve the problem.

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    Note that a reboot is probably not the actual solution, it just made the symptom go away temporarily. The problem most likely will return.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 23:23
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    @AaronBertrand True, although without knowing anything about the problem, I personally wouldn't feel comfortable guessing. Especially with MS products. Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 23:28
  • It's 'only' a hobby project, so the warning is not critical, however I just don't like having warnings in something I create, even if I'm the only one looking at it. Besides, it distracts from possible real warning (currently I have 0 errors, 0 warnings and 0 messages and I like to keep it that way). Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 0:03

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