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Can you start a bounty on a question that already has an accepted answer if you feel that your answer to the question is better than the one that was accepted?

  • Of course you can! – user66974 Feb 14 '16 at 12:58
  • I'm not sure why you would want to, though. Could you expand your question to include your reasoning? – Andrew Leach Feb 14 '16 at 13:55
  • @AndrewLeach Some common reasons: to reward a user who posted an excellent answer (usually either the top-voted answer, the accepted answer, or the answer which is both, think eg of tchrist-style answers), to reward a user who posted an excellent answer which did not get the recognition you think it deserves (usually not the top answer or accepted answer), or to encourage renewed engagement with a question that everyone else considers settled (that is, none of the current answers completely satisfy you). – Dan Bron Feb 14 '16 at 14:34
  • I mean especially when an 'old' and settled question does not satisfy you at all. ('Roundabouts and swings' on ELU, for example) – user58319 Feb 14 '16 at 14:41
  • @user58319 Yes, that is one of the primary uses of bounties. – Dan Bron Feb 14 '16 at 14:45
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    @user58319 Yes, but when the best answer is your own answer, then why set a bounty? That's the question I meant, following from your post. – Andrew Leach Feb 14 '16 at 18:16

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