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The fact that the bounties are not refundable is pointed out in the help center and marked in bold: All bounties are paid for up front and non-refundable under any circumstances. Also the dialog used when offering the bounty has this information - although it is in a smaller font, the text "this reputation is deducted immediately and cannot be ...


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If you see a question that seems off-topic or inappropriate for MathOverflow, but protected from close votes by a bounty, please flag for moderator attention. We can remove the bounty, and in obviously bad cases, close the question immediately. More generally, if you think a bounty is being offered in bad faith, or in violation of reasonable norms, please ...


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This is perhaps not technically an answer, but in real sense it is: just don't worry about it. Points are not worth worrying about, and the precise number you have really doesn't matter. Your participation here is clearly appreciated by the community. I'd think the community would benefit more from you thinking about math rather than your unearned points....


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I'm going to make a sort of meta-comment that might explain the negative reaction that people have to this question. I think there are two issues: I think that many people (including me) find the whole idea of MO-reputation kind of silly and distracting. Getting worked up over it is just not a good use of anyone's time. In my experience, bounties here ...


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There are several sites which use a separate post on meta for collecting "standing bounties" (is there some better terminology for them)? Of course, if MO users want to consider a similar solution, it should be discussed first. But looking at other sites, to see how it works there, might certainly be useful for such discussion. This answer is ...


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The question here is - who are you trying to get the attention of? In your example, you're talking about something that the community seems to have weighed-in on at least to some degree. If you think that's insufficient, that's probably a good time to use one of the suggestions below. Needs more community participation If you think the community should look ...


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