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How can we close questions with bounties?

This open-ended shopping question doesn't belong on SO, but I can't close it. This is because it has an open bounty. Can a bounty really act as invincibility shield for questions that should be closed? This seems not ideal.

Is there anything I can do aside from waiting out the bounty?

(Also, the genesis of my wanting to close it is because crappy off-topic answers are polluting the new answers to old questions queue)

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    Yep, bounties are the last line of defense. Jan 3, 2013 at 17:35
  • You flag for moderator attention using the "other" reason and explain the situation. Jan 3, 2013 at 17:35
  • @ben, thanks, I've done that. Hopefully the mods have more powers in this regard. :)
    – Kirk Woll
    Jan 3, 2013 at 17:36
  • A bounty will indicate an answer is desired by a wider group of people. Thus, it becomes much harder to close it, since it is desired. (still, not impossible)
    – user206222
    Jan 3, 2013 at 17:36
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    @Telthien - Not if the bounty was offered by the question OP.
    – Oded
    Jan 3, 2013 at 17:36
  • @ben, thanks, totally a dup of that. (sorry I didn't find it myself)
    – Kirk Woll
    Jan 3, 2013 at 17:37
  • They definitely have more powers @kirk, it's a little annoying but understandable that we can't just close it but the questions I've flagged with bounties have been closed in fairly short order (and this'll be quicker as you've posted it on meta!) Jan 3, 2013 at 17:39


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