I just set a bounty on one of my questions, where I have the only answer so far. If nobody else answers, or if nobody else gives a deserving answer, I will award myself the bounty and get +150 rep that day. Correct?


Does that count toward Mortarboard/Epic/Legendary?

Theoretically, I could set 200-rep bounties on odd-numbered days, then come back and award myself the bounties on even-numbered days. Sure I'd lose rep on odd-numbered days, but gain huge rep on even-numbered days.

Does that even work?


You cannot award yourself a bounty, not even automatically (which would be a loss regardless).

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  • Ah. I missed that part. Thanks. But what will happen to the bounty I set on my own question, if nobody else answers? – Frambot Sep 25 '13 at 16:17
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    The reputation would disappear and be awarded to nobody. – Chris Forrence Sep 25 '13 at 16:18
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    Bounties do count towards these badges. It's 200 reputation from anything positive, and downvotes aren't counted anymore either. – animuson Sep 25 '13 at 16:18
  • Speaking of which, this post just earned me the Mortarboard badge on Meta. – Ry- Sep 25 '13 at 16:29
  • @minitech its better this way, less whining about the order of actions. I hit the rep cap the other day, but before the day ended, I saw an answer that needed a down vote towards the end if the day. Voila, no more rep cap. But if I found that post an hour before, I would have had an up vote that would have partially count – psubsee2003 Sep 25 '13 at 16:35

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