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I'm not sure if there is either a system restriction or (more likely) an informal code to not aggressively close questions that have a bounty on them. Whatever the reason, is it possible to close a question that has a bounty on it - and also, what happens if said question is merged into its duplicate (which also could use a more detailed answer), does the bounty 'jump across' to the new/old question?

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Questions with bounties cannot be closed at all, as described in this MSO question. That way, we don't need any special rules regarding bounties and duplicates.

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  • Thanks, didn't think to search on MSO for the answer. – Alok Jul 21 '12 at 4:04
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    In general, if what you are looking for is not particular to the site's topic, it's probably a general rule and will probably be found on MSO. – murgatroid99 Jul 21 '12 at 4:07

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