I asked the question Handling critical hits easily when using average damage and literally every answer is good. I've up-voted them all accordingly.

For context, I accepted Rubiksmoose's answer, then later Glen_b posted an answer that is mathematically equivalent but expressed in a more intuitive fashion. After some comment exchanges, Rubiksmoose updated their answer to mention the more intuitive phrasing (with attribution to Glen_b) and Glen_b also revised their post to be more supported.

I still like all answers. Those two answers, Rubiksmoose's and Glen_b's, are the most helpful. When all is said and done, Rubiksmoose's answer is still the most helpful for me, but I feel like Glen_b's deserves more than the few up-votes it has gotten (which I suspect are just due to the late-to-the-party effect where early answers get more up-votes and later answers go unseen).

Is it possible/viable/sensible for me to un-accept Rubiksmoose's answer, start a bounty, award the bounty to Glen_b when the bounty is finished, and then accept Rubiksmoose's answer, so I can mark which answer was truly most helpful to me while also rewarding Glen_b?

If not, is there something else I should do instead? Maybe the obvious answer is to just accept Glen_b's instead, but I think that would be a little disingenuous because it doesn't match how I feel about the two answers, whereas the bounty idea does.

For reference, I've never done a bounty before. I read over the SE page about bounties, but I'm afraid to pull the trigger if this idea is bad.


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Awarding a bounty of the “reward existing answer” variety to another answer you like is a fine idea. You should be able to do so without fiddling the accept checkmark — I don’t believe starting a bounty is affected by the checkmark. (It only affects awarding, and only if you forget to award it before it expires.)

You can award a bounty the day after you start it, so you don’t need to wait the full week.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Cool. The bounty link doesn't show up for me unless I un-accept the answer, but that might be because I have 23 hours to go before I can start one. Thanks for the feedback. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 13, 2018 at 15:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ The bounty link will not show up when any of the following is true: the question is less than 48 hours old, you already have 3 other active bounties (you can't have more than this active at once), or another bounty is already active on the question. It's likely the first case you were noticing here. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 13, 2018 at 15:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ Hm! It’s probably just the delay for new questions, yes. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 13, 2018 at 15:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ Gotcha. I'll check back in a day. I appreciate the clarifications. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 13, 2018 at 15:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, I just confirmed that by checking one of my older questions that has an accepted answer. Indeed, the link to create a bounty shows up there. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 13, 2018 at 15:50

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