Imagine this situation: I posted an answer to a question. After some time the OP decided he needs a better answer or more attention and decides to put a bounty on his question.

Now I want to add a - possibly better - different solution to the question. What do I do?

  1. Merge it with the existing answer. Then I am not eligible for the bounty (at least not automatically), since the answer was posted before the bounty was in effect.
  2. Add another answer. While I would not normally do this, the system allows it. I'll be eligible for the bounty, even when awarded automatically.
  3. Delete the existing answer and post a new answer (maybe with the original answer merged in it). I lose all reputation points gained from the deleted post, but am eligible for the bounty.

If your new answer is radically different (as in, it talks of something else and doesn't have the original point) do Option 2 or 3.

Otherwise, just edit it in (Option 1). The automatic award shouldn't be much of a problem. It's only there for when the OP forgets to award the bounty (remember, there's a 24hr grace period for this as well), or when the OP doesn't like any of the answers (in which case you really don't deserve the bounty :P)

  • I agree. Also, Virtlink, with more than 5.5k rep earned without bounties, how important is that possible extra rep anyhow...?
    – Arjan
    Mar 16 '13 at 13:58

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