Answered a question with an open 250 pt bounty that was set to close in 5 days. The OP resolved the issue themselves, but marked my post as the answer because it was "the most helpful". However, I didn't get the bounty.

NP, I thought maybe I would get it after the five-day deadline. But that came and went, no bounty was awarded. Now, when I go to the question, there's no trace of the question ever having a bounty!

I thought a bounty couldn't be withdrawn after it was offered... what gives?

The question: asp.net interop memory limitation


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Looking at the revision history of the question, you can see clearly that the OP has decided to award himself the bounty.

Bounty Ended with MK's answer chosen by MK

In that case, no bounty is actually awarded - the OP simply loses the 250 rep. bounty, and since no reputation transfer has happened, nothing on the answer indicates this has happened (instead of leaving a [0] marker on the answer). Also, acceptance of an answer is no longer tied to the awarding of any bounties attached to the question.

Of course, why or should he do this is debatable, but that would be outside the scope of this question, wouldn't it?

  • According to the bounty FAQ, a self-awarded bounty is supposed to leave a +0, but it seems you're right regardless.
    – waiwai933
    Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 18:20
  • I'm okay with him doing that, as he really answered his own question, and my answer was only helpful, not correct. I don't feel cheated in any way. If I were in his shoes, I probably would have marked my own answer as the answer, but awarded the bounty to someone else, just so the points weren't wasted... what he did was kindof like throwing $250 into a fire because you're not allowed to spend it on yourself. But that's just my perspective.
    – James King
    Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 19:06

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