I made a very silly mistake in iOS and it was delaying my app release indefinitely. I asked the question without getting a single response until a user finally suggested what I was doing wrong.

In my eyes I see this answer as being very helpful but I also see bounty type answers as very detailed, specific and taking a lot of effort and thought to answer.

I always want to use Stack Overflow in the most appropriate way. Is it appropriate to award a bounty manually to a person because of how helpful it was to me in my situation or is it really meant for exceptional answers?

I want to give the answerer an extra 50 points of reputation for being able to pinpoint exactly what I did wrong. Is that an acceptable use of bounties?

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    There is an explicit Award an existing answer option in the bounty wizard for that. – juergen d Jan 3 '14 at 19:07
  • @juergend, I know and I saw that. What I was trying to ask really is if "helpful to me" is a valid reason to award a bounty or does it really have to be an involved exceptionally answered question. – logixologist Jan 3 '14 at 19:08
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    It's your rep. You can award it like you want to. I guess most people award bouties because they were helpful to themselfs. – juergen d Jan 3 '14 at 19:08
  • @juergend well then I guess that answered my question :). Feel free to put an answer in and I will accept it. I have great respect for Stack Overflow and I dont want to do anything that is outside of the standard. – logixologist Jan 3 '14 at 19:10

The bounty wizard has an explicit option for that:

bounty wizard

And since it is your reputation points you spent, it is your choice on what.

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