I asked a question, got no response, placed a bounty of +100 and then while I was away I figured it out. When I came back to my computer, there was an answer, but it's not quite correct and as it stands I wouldn't consider it bounty-worthy. My question is, what would be the most "conscientious" way to proceed in this situation? Should I just post the answer, or should I allow other people the chance to post an answer so that I can reward it? I'm not going to get any of that rep back, so I might as well just give it away to someone who can use it. My only concern is that if I post a correct answer, then nobody will want to post anything, the question having already been resolved. Consequently no one will get a bounty. What does the community think?

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    $\begingroup$ I think that it is easy to place a lot of importance on reputation, but it's important to remember that these are ultimately just some internet points. Go ahead and answer your question --- give the best answer you can. $\endgroup$ – davidlowryduda Feb 27 '17 at 6:09
  • $\begingroup$ You needn't worry about no one getting the bounty. Even if you don't award it, half of it goes to the answer with the most post-offer upvotes (or something like that – the exact rules can be found onsite, if you look hard enough for them). $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Feb 27 '17 at 11:14
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    $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson It can be found here: "If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with a minimum score of 2 will be awarded half the bounty amount (or the full amount, if the answer is also accepted)...." And also some other links with information relevant to bounties are collected in the tag-info $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Feb 27 '17 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ By the way, that answer that's "not quite correct" – I trust you have left a comment on it, explaining the manner in which it is deficient. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Feb 27 '17 at 22:20
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    $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson I did. But I decided that the answer was not so bad as it seemed before, and so I changed my mind about awarding the bounty. $\endgroup$ – silvascientist Mar 3 '17 at 5:23

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