I have posted a question a while ago, but I got no answers so I decided to put a bounty on it.

My question is: How I do I prevent someone gaining the bounty point with a bad / stupid / invalid answer on my question?

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    Other people's rep is for them to do with as they wish.
    – fredley
    Oct 13, 2014 at 10:58

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If you don't manually award the bounty to someone, the awarded value will be automatically cut in half and will go to the highest-voted answer that was posted after the bounty started, given that it has a score of 2 or greater.

So, if you really, really want to avoid seeing your bounty given to an answer that is bad, your option is pretty much only to downvote the answer, leave a comment about why it is bad, and hope others downvote it or at least don't upvote it to 2. If somehow it gets to 2 anyway, you'll have to be content with the fact that they're only getting half the rep for it.

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    Further reading on how bounties work
    – Sterno
    Oct 13, 2014 at 11:59
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    I'll add that flagging such an answer for moderator attention would also be an acceptable solution if and only if you suspect foul play (i.e. using alt accounts to get a +2 score to get the rep bounty). This applies to all answers of course, and not just those eligible for a bounty.
    – Wipqozn Mod
    Oct 14, 2014 at 13:47

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