This question is intertwined with an earlier one I posted

Maverick Hat BOUNTY rules?

I answered a -3 question on January 1 and on the same day I placed a bounty on it. The bounty, which I cannot award to myself, is 100 points because users who have posted an answer cannot offer a bounty for less than that amount. My answer has earned +9, a new answer has earned +4 but it was posted 3 January, I cannot tell if he has won the Maverick hat because I think he has opted out of Winter bash (stunned silence).

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The question is now +3 and ....

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I still haven't got the hat. (This is the second time it has earned +3 but after five hours it earned a negative vote and it was back to -2.)

Obviously I'm missing something here, but I can't think what it is. BTW I did not edit the original question, the upvotes and downvotes it has received belong to the OP they have nothing to do with me. Personally, I quite like the question but it has attracted a total of 7 downvotes and 10 upvotes so far.

  • Why haven't I got the Maverick Hat?

Can someone explain what I must have done wrong? Did I break the rules? Or is this a bug in the system?


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    Perhaps you didn't get the hat because one of the question votes was yours. Maybe it needs another upvote
    – Eran
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 18:11
  • @Eran Okaaay I thought it might be that but there's no information saying saying a user cannot upvote a question they have answered. Aaaaand, I only upvoted it about two days ago. Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 18:13

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This is working by-design.

If you've answered the question, your vote doesn't count towards the total score for the hat. Many of the hats exclude self-actions, for example we exclude self-answers on the Snaphat. In order for you to get the hat for this post, it would need to get the 3+ score without a vote by you.

  • OK. Got it. Thanks. But next year, maybe that clause should be added or made clearer. Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 18:22
  • I just got the hat even though it's still +3 there must have been a few minutes when it was +4 when someone downvoted it. Anyway, thanks :) Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 18:26
  • @Mari-LouA Yes, about 7 minutes.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 18:34

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