I currently have a bounty on a question; and an answer in mind that I would like to award it to. However, there's still a few days left on the bounty and I don't want to jump the gun and award it now, in case a better and more deserving answer shows up before time.

On the other hand, if I leave it too late and am otherwise occupied (read: sleeping) when the bounty expires, the system may not award it to anyone / award it to some other answer I feel is less deserving.

What I would like to do is set up a standing, revocable instruction to award the bounty at expiry to an answer of my choice. If a better answer shows up that I happen to review, I should be able to change my mind (switch standing instruction / manually award it); otherwise the system should carry out the standing instruction on expiry.

I'm sure other askers have faced a similar situation but have had to make a sub-optimal decision / the auto-award rules have not worked as they would have liked.


(Note: This is different from this question, which is more about informing the user about how the system would work if things ran their course.)

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    Asking questions comes with some responsibility! – Arjan Feb 11 '11 at 15:03
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    @Arjan: I don't think any of the following show irresponsibility : a) the desire to award someone with something they deserve b) not wanting to exclude future deserving potential awardees because I made a rash decision c) having the 'cheek' to be busy when some arbitrary timer runs out. – Ani Feb 11 '11 at 15:08
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    Somehow folks rarely miss a doctor's appointment ;-) – Arjan Feb 11 '11 at 15:10
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    @Arjan: Asking questions comes with responsibility, but answering questions comes with... bacon? – Powerlord Feb 11 '11 at 18:49

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