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So I put a bounty on something. Then I figured it out. Can I just wait the next 7 days for it to expire and then get my points back? Is there any way to salvage them? Please, people, I'm desperate for SO fame and fortune.

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    It's not refundable. – juergen d Nov 19 '13 at 11:57
  • Nope, bounties are advertisements and are non-refundable. – Martijn Pieters Nov 19 '13 at 11:57
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    So why all the down votes? – The Internet Nov 19 '13 at 11:59
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    I'm desperate for SO fame and fortune. - Try not to spoil it by asking questions in this manner. I really doubt if adding baby or desperate for SO fame and fortune will leave a good impression about you. – SudoRahul Nov 19 '13 at 12:00
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    @dave We appreciate humor, but only when it's good (which means different things to different people). – yannis Nov 19 '13 at 12:03
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    I guess you didn't know we hate fun. – Oded Nov 19 '13 at 12:03
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    I see what you did there, @Yannis – Oded Nov 19 '13 at 12:03
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    Your "humor" did not make me laugh. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Nov 19 '13 at 12:09
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    I'm afraid I can't do that, @dave. – Oded Nov 19 '13 at 12:25
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    Joking aside - the jocular tone of the question truly detracts from its meaning and what you are trying to convey. In this sense, it is noise - people have commented about the post, not the person. No one is saying that you are stupid or unfunny (we don't know you, so how could we tell?), just that in this context, the joking wasn't helping to get your point across. – Oded Nov 19 '13 at 12:27
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    @dave - I can't speak for others and I have no idea why people have downvoted the question. Lack of research is certainly one reason people downvote on Meta (and Meta tends to be downvote heavy in this regard). – Oded Nov 19 '13 at 12:37
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    @dave Ha, we are scrupulously fair here. My most recent suggestion got -7, regardless, here is the proposal – Richard Tingle Nov 19 '13 at 14:19
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    @dave If you look back in the history, sorted by votes, you can see some questions by some very well respected people here being heavily down voted. – Andrew Barber Nov 19 '13 at 14:25
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    @dave What you are talking about is a completely different issue. There are countless requests for that here. If you wish to talk about that, look for one of those. But you should not expect a good reception for such a proposal. – Andrew Barber Nov 19 '13 at 14:34
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    This discussion might be a bit easier if you don't go jumping to extreme conclusions just for the sake of argument, dave. I saw no such insinuation in @DavidRobinson's comment. That said, I do often find myself down voting certain kinds of duplicates. – Andrew Barber Nov 19 '13 at 15:21
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A bounty is like placing an ad - you pay money to get more eyeballs on your question.

It doesn't guarantee you will get an answer or that any answers you do get will be of any help.

Like paying for an ad, you don't get money back if it didn't work as you expected.

Reading about how the bounty system works would have told you all this.

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    Just a small doubt. Why would you provide an answer to a question which is a certain duplicate? You are a diamond symbol guy, so can't you just directly close the question marking it as a duplicate?! – SudoRahul Nov 19 '13 at 12:11
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    Wow, you guys really do eat each other alive – The Internet Nov 19 '13 at 12:15
  • @dave - yeah. Thankfully, my diamond is fire retardant. – Oded Nov 19 '13 at 12:19
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    @R.J. in my opinion a specific answer to the actual question plus close as duplicate of a more general question that contains the answer amongst other things is by far the most helpful outcome – Richard Tingle Nov 19 '13 at 12:31
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    @R.J - consider that the duplicate has quite a lot of information and the OP would have to dig through it all before finding the answer (if they even read that long), giving them a direct response with a link to more information is a better option, no? – Oded Nov 19 '13 at 12:33
  • Yeah that sounds good. I just wanted to know, because you already have the powers to do so. :-P – SudoRahul Nov 19 '13 at 12:42

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