A user posted a question that I found very interesting. I posted an answer to his question, but as it was a question about logic there are other possible answers. I would be interested in seeing other people's responses, hopefully better than mine.

However, I realize it might seem strange or even a conflict to add a bounty to a question that I have tried to answer myself. So I'm wondering:

1) Is it possible to add a bounty to a question even though I posted an answer? I don't know yet because the time limit hasn't elapsed.

2) Is there any hard rule against it, or any reason not to? I want to see more opinions on the question.

3) Supposing the poster accepts an answer before the bounty time limit elapses, is there a way to add a bounty or otherwise bring attention to the question?

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    $\begingroup$ Re: 3) bounties are completely unrelated to answer accepts. $\endgroup$
    – user127096
    Apr 19, 2014 at 19:03
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, go ahead and do it! A more typical (?) reason to give a bounty to a question that you have answered yourself, is that somebody else came up with such a sleek solution that you want reward it. Do collect a bit of rep before you get into that so that you won't lose any key privileges :-) $\endgroup$ Apr 19, 2014 at 22:19
  • $\begingroup$ also it should be noted that even if you were to accept your answer (which you can't) still it would be morally fine to offer a bounty because you wouldn't net gain any rep from accepting your own answer (you lose the rep for the bounty and then would gain it back - again though, you can't except your own answer so this is moot). $\endgroup$ May 1, 2014 at 18:37

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See the MSE bounty faq.

In particular, you are perfectly free to offer a bounty to a question you have already answered. The bounty, however, cannot go to your answer.

Other than that, there are a few details:

  • The minimum bounty you can offer on a question you have answered is 100 rep points, instead of 50.
  • The answer you reward with the bounty can differ from the answer the OP accepts.

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