I noticed that I had the button to award a bounty even on my own answer, so I couldn't resist and awarded the bounty to myself, just to see what happens. The result is that the bounty is awarded, but I did not get any reputation for myself.

It makes sense that you don't get reputation for your own bounty, but I think the option to award it should not be there in the first place.

The option also appeared for answers posted before the bounty was started, I thought a bounty could only be awarded for new answers?


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No -- bounties can be awarded to all answers, including your own. :) However, as you discovered, you cannot get your rep back no matter what. Read more.

If you have further questions about how the site works -- we have a Q&A site for that!

  • So it is an intended behaviour. To me it is like a big red button that says 'destroy universe', I just wanted to see what happens. Oct 24, 2010 at 22:00
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    @Fabian somehow the universe failed to end, maybe this is a bug indeed :(
    – badp
    Oct 24, 2010 at 22:02
  • Rules contradict here, if a bounty is awarded, it is added to reputation of getter. If asker himself is the person who deserves the bounty why not award him? I awarded a bounty to my question after i found the answer myself
    – LifeH2O
    Jan 19, 2011 at 21:53
  • @LifeH20 That's not a bounty, that's an accepted answer. Incidentally, a self-accept doesn't give you the +2 for answer acceptance, the +15 for accepted answer or the bump accepted answers have in the ordering.
    – badp
    Jan 19, 2011 at 22:03

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