Similar to this question In a bounty scenario, can an answer from before the bounty be automatically accepted?

But in my case (Make Gmail send automatic canned responses for email it gets via POP) one of the replies was edited after the bounty was posted. However it still does not answer the question. (It was basically edited to clarify that it poses a solution that does not fit the original question.) Also in my case, the question was not originally mine. I tried to use a bounty to revive the existing question rather than attempting to post a duplicate. (However, I am disappointed that the bounty resulted in very few additional views of my question, and no additional suggestions.)

No one has posted a new reply or edited an old one to answer the question. So I would like the bounty to not be awarded. (I know that I won't get the points back. I don't care about that.) I am just wondering if that edited reply, which was also accepted by the original poster, will automatically get the bounty awarded or not.

  • In my opinion, the linked question (both the one I linked, and the one mine is marked a duplicate of) does not clearly answer my question about whether editing a response makes it count as a new response for the purposes of auto-awarding. I had already read the FAQ when I asked. Jul 27, 2015 at 16:09

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The automatic bounty awarding process will only award the bounty to an answer posted after the bounty was started. Edits are disregarded.

Otherwise, if there are eligible answers, the highest scoring is awarded half the bounty amount. The criteria for an answer to be eligible are:

  • The answer must have been given after the bounty was started

Source: How does the bounty system work?

  • Thanks, I had read that, but wasn't 100% sure that edits would be disregarded. Jul 26, 2015 at 16:57

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