I found a pretty cool question which justified a bounty. I didn't receive a correct answer and the bounty is about to expire. Instead of extending the bounty I MUST pick an answer or half a bounty will be given away on my behalf if the answer got 2 up votes even if it is incorrect or off topic.
I will lose all the bounty regardless of up votes and correctness which also makes no sense. If I found a solution and the community found it useful why not giving back at least the half of the reward?
It is my rep why can't I decide? I understand that other members of the community may find the answers useful but they have ways to reward answers: they can up vote or they can start their own bounty. It is unclear why their opinion matters if the bounty was mine.
The current bounty mechanism also prevents extending bounties regardless how many people saw the question and how many answers I received.
I could create a new bounty if I am not happy with the answer but it will be automatically given to an existing answer if other people found it useful and no other answer was received.
This question is not about how the bounty system work or what the FAQ says or what the current bounty is by design. It is about whether it is fair or logical to spend it on anything other than it was intended to reward.
I may disagree with the 2 up votes and since it is my rep, given up for a specific purpose it should be up to me if it is given away or not. Other members of the community should use their own reputation or the voting system to reward answers.
Extending the bounty and waiting for a better answer should be an option as well. Losing rep every time it is extended discourages rewarding answers and seems wrong.
Why it is not a duplicate of:
How does the bounty system work?– The question is not about how the system works rather than why.
Please do not auto select answers on bounty questions– This is not even a question. I am asking for a change, I want to know why the bounty system works in a certain way and what are the reasons why the alternative solution I would have used are not used.
Should we allow adding rep to bounties to extend their duration?– Extending the bounty duration would solve the issues I mentioned my question is about why it is not like that