I made the best answer to my own question after posting a bounty on it. Now I'm losing $50$ points when I haven't done anything wrong. A bit unfair?

I answered it soon after I posted it, but after that I wasn't sure what to do about the bounty. But now I think I will lose the 50 points which seems a bit unfair. Why is the rule like this? What about another rule put in place so that members of the community can vote on whether or not a bounty can be refunded if the question-asker answers their own question better than other answers? What do you think?

• meta.stackexchange.com/questions/13474/… Dec 3, 2021 at 19:18
• I don't understand downvotes for my question. Even if the answer is, "no", that doesn't mean the question itself deserves downvotes... In my opinion, any genuinely asked question shouldn't be downvoted. And in my opinion, people who downvote questions should state their reason. Dec 3, 2021 at 22:17
• I did not down-vote this question, but on Meta (unlike Main!) down-votes do not indicate low quality of the question. Instead, they serve to indicate disagreement of down-voters with the premise of the question. The down-votes also do not result in loss of reputation on Meta. So, take it easy. :) Dec 3, 2021 at 23:04
• @MoisheKohan ah, ok. Thanks. Dec 3, 2021 at 23:28

No. Not unfair.

If you put an ad in the paper, looking for a carpenter, say, to do some work. But then you decide to buckle down and do the thing yourself. Do you ask for a refund on your ad from the paper?

No. You paid for the exposure. What you did or didn't do afterwards is irrelevant.

Bounties are payments for higher foot traffic through a question. Because in the general case, more visibility means more people might see it means more people who could answer might see it and it is an incentive for these people to post an answer that is as good as they can make it. But you paid for the exposure. Not the answer.

If nothing else, it means that your answer is now receiving higher exposure and may garner even more upvotes than it would have otherwise. This is why when you bounty a question that you already answered, the minimum amount is higher than if you just bounty a random question. You're paying, in part, to get your answer exposed, and so you have something to gain.

Not to mention that these are, at the end of the day, made up internet points. But I guess it's easy for me to say that, having so many of them, but then again, that's my point... it's just internet points.

• "it's just internet points." True, although there are also site privileges you get after you get a certain amount of points, so it's not only ego-stroking. Dec 3, 2021 at 22:19
• But I agree with the answer as a whole. Dec 3, 2021 at 22:25
• "True, although there are also site privileges you get after you get a certain amount of points," -- while not untrue, 50 points is really quite little in the grand scheme of things. Dec 4, 2021 at 4:03
• 100 upvotes and \$4.65 will get you a free latte at Starbucks. ☺
– MJD
Dec 4, 2021 at 22:33