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The person who asks the question does not always have the best answer. For example, this is an example where I suspect the OP already had the answer it mind when posting the Q, but it turned out to be a bad answer (and bad question). Had others not stepped in, we'd be left with a QA pair that would poison the Internet. Yes, self answering is encouraged ...


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According to the description in the help center. the bounty is only auto-awarded if there exists an answer that was created after the bounty started with a "minimum score of 2". Quote: If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with a minimum score of 2 will be awarded ...


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One thing I'm seeing is the questioner upvoting the answer, but not marking it as correct. Could the upvote procedure be changed to ask the questioner if they want to also mark the answer as correct? This could always be turned off for a user once they have either accepted a certain number of answers, or else reached a certain level of reputation.


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Remember that these sites are not some help forum, but intend to build libraries of high-quality questions and answers. Keeping that in mind, why do you think your own answer is the only or even the best solution to your question? Surely the folks who posted additional answers think their answer has some merit too. So, no, I think the 48 hours is required ...


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Display an indicator beside each answer that is eligible for the auto-award It seems like it would be straightforward enough to make the bounty award slot do double-duty as an indicator of whether an answer can have half the bounty auto-awarded. The indicator could be in the form of, say, a dashed outline and a dark gray +┬ŻN for an N-rep bounty; these would ...


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You have just lured them into wasting their time providing answers [..] I disagree with this one completely (though it's cited a bit out of context). Instead I'd say you just encouraged someone to contribute potential valuable information that might help future visitors (and the OP if he is interested). This is very useful sometimes, even if it's not the ...


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Who cares if the answer doesn't get accepted? That's only a check mark and 15 reputation. If they have a better answer than you and they want to put the time and effort into writing it, chances are that it will generate them upvotes like any other answer. I wouldn't consider that wasting their time. Plus, keeping the question marked as not having an accepted ...


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