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Recently, by mistake, I've set a bounty for a question that was asked by another account.
I've read a lot about bounty policies here, however, I don't understand my condition.

The question hasn't been asked by me. If I answer the question and the author of that question accepts my answer, what would happen to the bounty? Can I get it back this way?

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That is unfortunate for you, but this is what the Help Center says:

How is a bounty awarded?

The bounty period lasts 7 days. Bounties must have a minimum duration of at least 1 day. After the bounty ends, there is a grace period of 24 hours to manually award the bounty. Simply click the bounty award icon next to each answer to permanently award your bounty to the answerer. (You cannot award a bounty to your own answer.)

Whether the author of the question accepts your answer or not doesn't matter.

If you don't award the bounty after 7 days, there's a system in place for automatic bounty awarding, but according to the FAQ your own answers don't qualify for that either:

  • They were posted after the bounty was started, and
  • They have a score of at least 2 (at the time the automatic awarding takes place), and
  • They were not written by the bounty starter.
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  • Thank you for the answer and for editing the question. Unfortunately, yes.
    – M. Rostami
    Dec 29, 2019 at 10:57
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The question hasn't been asked by me. If I answer the question and the author of that question accepts my answer, what would happen to the bounty? Can I get it back this way?

Only indirectly. Once you clicked the button to offer the bounty, the "money" is deducted from your account and gone for good.

But, what you can do: write an excellent answer. Bounties attract viewers. Viewers often vote on helpful/high quality content. Of course, it might help to add a comment below your answer to express that mistake, to avoid the impression that the sole purpose of you putting up that bounty was to advertize your own answer content.

In other words: the only way to "get back" a bounty is by writing down upvote-worthy content. Depending on context, there is a realistic chance that the upvotes that come in "because bounty" will make up for the bounty itself. (most of the bounties I offered or earned on SO worked out that way)

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    This's a nice idea. I'll do it.
    – M. Rostami
    Dec 29, 2019 at 10:58

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