Let's say I find a good question on Stack Overflow then decide to post a bounty on it. A few days later I then stumble upon a solution and decide I want to post an answer.

I know the minimum bounty for a question you've previously answered is doubled from 50 to 100. But what happens if I put a 50 rep bounty on a question then want to answer afterwards?

Am I able to post an answer while my bounty is still active? Or is there a cooldown period before I'm able to answer?

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    You can answer yourself at any time, but you cannot award the bounty to yourself.
    – Floern
    Apr 23, 2017 at 14:45

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Placing a bounty does not prohibit you from answering or performing most other actions (by the way, you can also do the reverse – answer then place bounty – it does not matter, although, as you note, answering first does raise the minimum bounty from 50 to 100).

However, you cannot award the bounty to yourself, only the other answers will be considered for the bounty.

  • Thanks for the answer! It's worth noting that the order does matter, as answering first will raise the minimum bounty from 50 to 100.
    – Stevoisiak
    Apr 23, 2017 at 14:55
  • Well, it does prevent closing the question. :) Apr 23, 2017 at 14:55
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    @StevenVascellaro It affects the minimum, not the overall cost. You'll still pay 100 points to offer a 100 point bounty regardless of the order, there's no "tax".
    – Jason C
    Apr 23, 2017 at 14:59
  • I sometimes offer a bounty to a question to solicit feedback on the quality of the question itself.
    – Ramhound
    Apr 23, 2017 at 22:03

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