# Bounty going to waste - what should I do?

I recently put a bounty on a question, but still no one is answering it. When the bounty period ends, will the bounty just go to waste? If no one is answering I would prefer to just answer the question myself and get my 50 rep back, but I don't know if this is possible or allowed. Any advice would be appreciated.

Here is the link to the question:

Are there exact analytical solutions to the electronic states of the hydrogen molecular ion $\mathrm H_2^+$?

• There is no way to recover the rep. Placing a bounty should be understood as buying exposure for your questions. It gets bumped. I goes in the featured tab. There are people who actively hunt bounties so they will definitely look at it. But there are no guarantees that you will get anything worthwhile. I think I'm personally running a little behind 50/50 on getting what I wanted out of bounties network wide, so caveat emptor. Mar 30 '17 at 1:45
• Related on Meta Stack Exchange: bounty expired with no answers… wasted reputation?, along with multiple duplicates. Mar 30 '17 at 12:51
• I appreciate your bounty on that question, but to be frank I think that given the question's age and score it is relatively unlikely that it will receive an answer (or, at least, the barrier to it getting answered is higher than average). Adding a bounty buys exposure for the question, but beyond that there's nothing to do. If it makes you feel better, you're not alone. Mar 30 '17 at 13:02