To whom it may concern:

I had a bounty out on this question. I accepted an answer before the bounty expired and awarded the 50 points. But then the bounty actually expired and I got a notice that the answer had been auto-selected and only the autoselect-25 points had been awarded.

I'm really darn sure I checked the check-mark as I said. I'm sure it's possible that I forgot, but due to the low volume of bounties on the site and its newness, I'll trust my memory for now.

  • $\begingroup$ And I didn't get my Benefactor badge either!!! $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2010 at 16:30
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    $\begingroup$ Did you both accept the answer and award the bounty? These are two separate actions. The check-mark refers to accepting an answer; the red "+50" blob refers to giving the bounty. $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2010 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ Is that new? I believe it used to be that accepting an answer awarded the bounty. $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2010 at 16:34
  • $\begingroup$ If so, I think that feature needs to be reviewed. Even for new users who never used the old way, I'd think the difference isn't clear. I didn't know the +50 image was clickable. $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2010 at 16:39
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    $\begingroup$ I don't think we can do anything about the way it works, and I personally don't think it is confusing. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Oct 28, 2010 at 17:21
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    $\begingroup$ I don't think it is a new feature. Besides, occasionally it's nice that we can use these features separately. For example, I have awarded the bounty to one answer and accepted another. $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2010 at 17:31
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    $\begingroup$ Bounties on MathOverflow seems to work in a different way (because they use SE 1.0). Therefore, those who are familiar with how they work on MathOverflow should be careful. $\endgroup$ Oct 29, 2010 at 1:46

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Correct -- accepting an answer and bounty award are two different actions now.

This is documented in the /faq (parent) and on the blog.



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