This would probably be a difficult feat, but could we have a badge for winning your own bounty? Maybe something along the lines of "Self-Poacher".

Would anyone even qualify for the badge right now?

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    Two possible reasons: 1. You found the answer yourself some time after offering the bounty. 2. You want that self-poacher badge. – Lars Haugseth Jul 7 '09 at 14:16
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    It could be this one or another related to bounties, but we definitely need a "Boba Fett" badge. – toast Jul 7 '09 at 17:18
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    What can stop someone from putting out a fat bounty, getting the right answer from someone, then saying that they found the answer themselves? I say once the bounty is offered they shouldn't get it back..at least if someone else voted up an answer. – User1 Jul 24 '09 at 15:50
  • @Lars 3. Someone running sock puppets who outvoted everyone else. It has and does happen .... – demongolem Aug 10 '12 at 19:52

Since you can't accept your own answer to a bounty question, I assume you mean "your own answer is the highest-voted answer at the end of the week."

Would you get half your bounty points back, in that case?

Badge is an interesting idea, though.

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    Yes, that is what I mean. Has there been an instance of this? – AlbertoPL Jul 7 '09 at 15:13

You should be a be to recall a bounty you put out, if you figured out your problem, but I don't think doing that should be rewarded with a badge.

To kind of steal from one of Joel's comments in an early podcast, I don't think Napoleon would have given you a little piece of colored cloth for doing this.

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    recalling a bounty can be seen as bait and switch for those 'bounty hunters' out there. I say take the loss... but what if your own boring question has an answer you like but never gets an upvote? – ericslaw Aug 26 '09 at 21:35

If there were methods to define your own private badges, you could do that and still be hidden from the others - if that makes you happy. In general, the ability to have your own near-real-time metrics about your performance might be an interesting thing too.

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