The bounty hunter hat for Winter bash 2013 isn't given when the question is put on-hold.

It happens for this question: Why do I need a tokenizer for each language?

For this user: https://stackoverflow.com/users/610569/alvas#winter-bash (i.e. me =) )

Why? and should the hat be given? Is it a bug?

  • Did you actually win the bounty? Doesn't look like you were ever awarded it. Dec 29, 2013 at 13:36
  • lolz, this page says so: stackoverflow.com/users/610569/alvas?tab=reputation
    – alvas
    Dec 29, 2013 at 13:37
  • Ah right. There is no +100 next to the answer either (as usually shown). Hence me wondering. Dec 29, 2013 at 13:39
  • ahahahaa, a self-created hack =)
    – alvas
    Dec 29, 2013 at 13:40
  • I think the user, i.e. stackoverflow.com/users/610569/alvas, put up the bounty for the question and the questions gets put on-hold. So the points returned to the user but bounty isn't awarded but he is also the answerer with the most votes. LOLZ...
    – alvas
    Dec 29, 2013 at 13:41
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    It looks like a moderator cancelled the bounty and returned it to the one who put it up to close the question.
    – 3ventic
    Dec 29, 2013 at 13:43
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    You can never "win" your own bounty. Dec 29, 2013 at 13:47

1 Answer 1


There is no hat for starting a bounty.

The two bounty related hats are:

  1. Bounty Hunter: win a bounty
  2. Make It Rain: award a bounty

When closing a question with a bounty, moderator must first "cancel" the bounty, it's not being awarded to anyone thus neither hat is granted.

  • 2
    @2er0 from this reply I understand you knew this and was just asking for fun? Dec 29, 2013 at 14:31
  • nope, i was seriously wondering for at least 15 mins before figuring out what really happened because i saw +100 and bounty and on-hold and no hat so i thought they don't sort of relate.
    – alvas
    Dec 29, 2013 at 14:34

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