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I asked a question a while ago, the bounty on it expired and I sort of forgot about it. I now see that one answer has been awarded a bounty of +25 which I think I did not award. Anyhow, is there anyway to award a bounty now to an answer that was particularly helpful?

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In your absence, half the bounty automatically went to the highest-voted answer. You lost all 50 rep points that you put up for the bounty, though; this always happens regardless.

You can't award the bounty now; you'd have to put a second bounty on it (and you can only award bounties to new answers -- i.e., answers that show up after you post the bounty). So you should probably just upvote and accept the answer you found helpful.

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  • Great answer, Matthew Read. I, Maika Sakuranomiya, do not do any bounties at all on Stack Exchange, as they cost too much reputation. You prove it is a good choice not to. – user53472 Apr 17 '19 at 6:44
  • 50 rep is not much, but obviously it's up to you how you value your internet points. I proved nothing except that it's not a good choice to forget about things if you want to do something with them. – user28 Apr 17 '19 at 14:50
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    Good point about the points being nonrecoverable regardless; they're sunk costs once offered. The full bounty, when manually awarded, would have been all 50 points, so I guess 25 points just sort of disappeared from the reputation economy. Then again, SE isn't a zero-sum system, and the total rep increases hundreds of times faster than it decreases, so I'm not worried :P – user45266 Aug 22 '19 at 16:12
  • @user45266 Yes, good to call out that it's not a zero-sum system! – user28 Aug 22 '19 at 19:01

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