I have searched around, but cannot find the answer to this particular question.

If another person sets a bounty on a question. If the OP answers the question, can the bounty be awarded to the OP's answer.

It appears this is not in the faq or here. I suggest the faq are updated.

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    I am pretty sure that a bounty can be awarded to any answer, as long as it was not posted by the person who offered the bounty. (And even that used to be possible a year or so ago.) Aug 12, 2013 at 14:07
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    worth adding your question to the how bounty system works with a clear explanation
    – user221081
    Aug 12, 2013 at 14:22
  • @mehow yes I have gone through that post a lot,.. do you mean we should add this to that??
    – user310756
    Aug 12, 2013 at 14:26
  • @CodyGray is it clear? I know we can't award ourselves bounties.. but I cannot find a clear answer to this...hm
    – user310756
    Aug 12, 2013 at 14:27
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    @Skippy What feature are you requesting? Updating the FAQ is not a feature. In any case, I fail to see why this needs to be explicitly called out in the faq. The faq tells you who can't be the recipient of a bounty (the bounty creator) and everyone else can receive one. There's no reason the OP shouldn't be able to receive the bounty.
    – Servy
    Aug 12, 2013 at 14:42
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    @Skippy Just propose an edit to the FAQ question. No need to make this a (rather confusing) feature request.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Aug 12, 2013 at 14:43
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    I've added this information to the bounty FAQ. I don't think it needs to go in the Help Center. It is admittedly a bit of an unusual question. Aug 12, 2013 at 15:03
  • @CodyGray cheers.. someone just put a bounty on one of my unanswered questions (in cogsci), and I am thinking of answering it..
    – user310756
    Aug 12, 2013 at 15:07

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The answer is YES, the bounty can be awarded to anyone but the person who raised it.

Nothing makes OP ineligible to receive the bounty as long as he is not the person who raised it.

The only restriction I can see provided in the FAQ and help centre is that you can't award a bounty to yourself.


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