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Recently I have placed a bounty on this question. The question has no answer in technical terms, but it has been answered in a comment within the bounty period. Now the banner below the question says that the question had a bounty from me which ended so-and-so many minutes ago, and it says also "you have 23 hours to award the bounty". -- Can I actually do this?

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    $\begingroup$ You could ask them to turn their comment into an answer so that you can award them the bounty. $\endgroup$ – Michael Albanese Aug 15 '13 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelAlbanese: Thanks. -- I have done so. Let's see whether the answerer gets back to it before MO runs out of patience ... . $\endgroup$ – Stefan Kohl Aug 15 '13 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ I would have thought the grace period applies to the awarder of the bounty, not to potential answerers. That is, is it actually possible to award the bounty to an answer posted after the bounty has ended? $\endgroup$ – Emil Jeřábek supports Monica Aug 15 '13 at 17:39
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    $\begingroup$ @EmilJeřábek: Yes. Here is a meta.stackoverflow.com question about that: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/134943/… $\endgroup$ – Jonas Meyer Aug 15 '13 at 18:10
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No.

The best you can do is what you just did after Michael's suggestion: comment to ask the user to post it as an answer if you would like to award the bounty.

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