If the most up-voted answer is auto-accepted, can I duplicate the question to re-start a bounty with a highest value?

  • You'd have to make it clear why you're posting a duplicate question - and even though it still might get closed. – ChrisF Apr 22 '10 at 13:38
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    Doesnt that indicate that the bounty system only works for questions that are actually answered? – Ivo Flipse Apr 22 '10 at 13:40
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    And this is why the bounty system is broken. – Mads Elvheim Apr 26 '10 at 16:42
  • @Apr the bounty system miss work if no right answer is given. – Tom Brito Apr 29 '10 at 12:33

Hmm, that might become difficult. You would have to ask the question anew, see to it that it doesn't get closed as a duplicate, and if it survives 24 hours, you can post up a new bounty. The reputation from your old bounty will be definitely gone either way.

To prevent the current question from getting closed, you should mention the duplicate question and its history.


Duplicate questions are not encouraged/allowed on this system.

A bounty should have ABSOLUTELY NO bearing on that rule.

A bounty does not guarantee you receive a correct answer, nor does an accepted answer indicate that it is correct. An expired bounty does not "close" the question, i.e. the question itself can still receive answers.

So, there is no justification for asking the question again.

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    The question can still receive answers but the correct answer can never be accepted. – Pekka Apr 22 '10 at 14:18
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    But a bounty does have bearing on that rule: an expired bounty auto-accepts an answer. And questions with accepted answers are not very likely to garner new answers. – beska Apr 22 '10 at 14:19
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    meta.stackexchange.com/questions/44590/… - Then make your argument against bounty behavior. Asking a second question does not make it any less a dupe. – Robert Cartaino Apr 22 '10 at 15:10
  • Oh, I definitely have...though, ironically, in some questions that are duplicates of the ones you mention. – beska Apr 22 '10 at 18:29
  • This is absolutely a bad policy. I can point to many bounty questions that are broken in the sense that because they are so niche (Joel's canonical example of why SO is so great) very few users are interested or can answer it so the system accepted answer is not useful. Thew problem is that Jeff, et al don't feel that bounties are broken so they refuse to fix it, thus the only outlet is to make dupes. – tim Apr 29 '10 at 15:57

You can, but it's likely to be closed again. What I would be asking myself, before re-posting a bounty'd question, is:

What has fundamentally changed in the world of programming that makes my previously unanswerable question answerable?

If you can identify that key difference then by describing it you may avoid closure due to duplicates.

Keep in mind, though, that the system is meant to avoid duplication primarily for the reason that we don't want people to have to read 20 questions and their related answers before finding the real answer - all the answers to a given question should appear under one "parent" question. Purposefully duplicating something breaks that.

However, I've seen this work in some cases, for instance:

  • Re-asking a question after a year or a new software/compiler/OS/etc release
  • Re-asking the question with new information and a slight, but distinct, change in direction
  • Re-asking the question more generally (ie, "I can't seem to resolve this. Help me take a step back and examine the problem from a different angle, here's some more information about what I'm really trying to accomplish.")
  • Re-asking the question more specifically - narrow the focus so you get a definite "Yes, here's how" or "No, that is unimplementable", although it's hard to prove a negative, so even this is risky because you may still be left with doubts, and a desire to continue re-asking the same question over and over and over and over and STACKOVERFLOW^%#$&(&^(

But don't be unhappy if your new question is closed as a duplicate - that close reason exists for a good purpose. Keep in mind that bounties are not meant to guarantee an answer, only to feature the question for a limited time and encourage some people to consider working harder to find the answer for you.


Not only can you ask again, but once a question becomes a bounty, it is immune to being closed. Yet another flaw with SO. The trick to that one is keeping it alive long enough, which isn't too hard if it is already too localized (like most of the bounty questions).


Guys are working on it as say here

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