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In Physics I asked a question and got 3 answers, 1 from a moderator and 2 from users. All 3 are good answers, but the moderator is spot on. I can tell 1 of the users are close in quality and took some thought. Since the moderator has 56k reputation and the user 300 would it be ok to award a bounty to a lesser answer while checking the moderator as the preferred answer?

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    $\begingroup$ I really don't think you should consider moderators any different from all the other users when using the main site. Moderators are users too, the just do extra voluntary work to help the site run smoothly. $\endgroup$ – DanielSank Jan 10 '16 at 17:37
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, @DanielSank is right, moderator status doesn't mean anything when we post answers or questions on the main site. This is still a reasonable thing to ask, for cases where you get one answer which is perfect and another one that is also very good, but I don't think there's any point in mentioning that one of the posters is a moderator. (It's possible your question would get a better reception if you edit that out.) $\endgroup$ – David Z Jan 10 '16 at 17:49
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    $\begingroup$ I can only guess you are referring to this question, except the person has 28k, not 56k rep. Note that Rob Jeffries is not one of the 4 moderators. Also, your fixation with behaving differently around moderators comes off as a bit cagey and unusual. $\endgroup$ – user10851 Jan 10 '16 at 21:01
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    $\begingroup$ @Jen You asked if it is ok. Yes, it is totally ok. Do whatever you want with your own bounty. $\endgroup$ – Insane Jan 11 '16 at 0:34
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    $\begingroup$ Also @ChrisWhite I don't think Jen has a "fixation" with behaving differently around moderators. I know at least 2 Mods on other SE sites that encourage the sharing of rep. $\endgroup$ – Insane Jan 11 '16 at 0:40
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisWhite I don't act differently for moderators except if they ask that I change something I try to comply and not to upset them. $\endgroup$ – Muze Jan 11 '16 at 2:31
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    $\begingroup$ I think we've said this before, but on this site 'moderator' is reserved for formal moderators, marked by a ♦ after their username. (This also denotes Stack Exchange staff like Shog9 or Sklivvz.) There are plenty of other high-reputation users, but referring to them as moderators only serves to make what you're saying less clear. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Jan 11 '16 at 9:40
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You can award your bounty to whomever you like.

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    $\begingroup$ Well yah, but the user is asking for advice. $\endgroup$ – DanielSank Jan 10 '16 at 17:37
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    $\begingroup$ @DanielSank: They ask: "Would it be ok..." Yes. It would. It's their bounty, they can do with it as they please, I don't see what advice we could/should offer here. $\endgroup$ – ACuriousMind Jan 10 '16 at 17:41
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    $\begingroup$ In general, the answer is right, but there are some corner cases, e.g. you can't award a bounty to another one of your own accounts (if you have more than one). In case you consider that worth mentioning. ;-) $\endgroup$ – David Z Jan 10 '16 at 17:51
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    $\begingroup$ @Jen : Q&As on the SE network are supposed to be a repository of information for future readers, not just for the benefits&needs of OP. David Z's above comment should be viewed in this light. It is not aimed at any specific person in particular. $\endgroup$ – Qmechanic Jan 11 '16 at 9:33

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