A came across a question which looks off-topic to me. I voted to migrate the question, but got an error message saying:

This question has an open bounty and cannot be closed

How should we deal with such questions?

  • Before asking I tried searching for "This question has an open bounty and cannot be closed", but got zero results. IS it really the case that nobody has asked this question before? Or is something broken in the search functionality?
    – kasperd
    Dec 14, 2015 at 15:30
  • Is something not broken with the SE search? For such things, I usually target Google specifically to meta.se or meta.sf
    – Sven
    Dec 14, 2015 at 15:33
  • @Sven Searching for site:meta.serverfault.com "This question has an open bounty and cannot be closed" on Google also gives no results.
    – kasperd
    Dec 14, 2015 at 15:34
  • You are too specific :) site:meta.stackexchange.com close question with bounty works
    – Sven
    Dec 14, 2015 at 15:35
  • BTW, since this is a generic SE problem, meta.se is usually the best place to search for this kind of problem.
    – Sven
    Dec 14, 2015 at 15:40
  • @Sven I thought I had tried searching on meta.stackexchange.com as well. I must have mistyped the URL and searched meta.serverfault.com twice.
    – kasperd
    Dec 14, 2015 at 15:42

1 Answer 1


You can flag it for moderator attention. A moderator can then deal with the bounty and close the question.

  • 1
    Can.... Can I get the bounty?
    – Reaces
    Dec 14, 2015 at 18:23
  • Just out of curiosity, what happens to the bounty in this kind of situation?
    – Colyn1337
    Dec 16, 2015 at 14:14
  • 3
    @Colyn1337 The user gets the reputation returned to them. Dec 16, 2015 at 14:24

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