I posted an answer to a question I view interesting, and that I often asks myself, namely Should I add parameters to instance methods that use those instance fields as parameters?.

I would like to know... Is it advisable, ethical, and/or seen as a positive indicator to add a bounty to a question I posted an answer to ? I feel like there could be a better answer from +30K rep users such as Peter Torok for example...

  • Whose code of ethics do you wish to evaluate this action by?
    – Jay Elston
    Oct 6, 2012 at 0:00

2 Answers 2


It's certainly possible.

The ethics should be irrelevant as there's no way that the bounty can be assigned to your answer. You can't assign it manually and there's no way it will be auto-assigned as your answer pre-dates the start of the bounty.

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    precise and fast answer as always. Thanks a lot Chris.
    – Jalayn
    Oct 1, 2012 at 12:04
  • Imagine I could assign a bounty and win it. Would it be unethical to award myself my own points? Zero increase in net fake points that didn't matter anyways.
    – Warren P
    Oct 3, 2012 at 23:30
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    @WarrenP - you can't assign a bounty to yourself.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Oct 4, 2012 at 7:58

Some may see it as an attempt by you to promote your answer and get more votes, its not against the rules though, and if you make the bounty a larger one people would likely not complain about it.

  • ChrisF wrote that since my answer pre-dates the bounty it's not possible for the bounty to be assigned to me either manually or automatically.
    – Jalayn
    Oct 1, 2012 at 12:22
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    no but it is possible if you put a 25/50 bounty on a question then a handful of up-votes leaves you with a gain in rep. this really only matters if you abuse low value bounties a lot.
    – Ryathal
    Oct 1, 2012 at 12:28
  • ah I see what you mean, right.
    – Jalayn
    Oct 1, 2012 at 12:42
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    If you've already answered a question the minimum bounty you can set is 100, exactly for the reason you're describing.
    – yannis
    Oct 2, 2012 at 0:16

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