# How do I accept an answer or start a bounty for a question?

I have asked several questions on Blender Stack Exchange and just noticed this comment on a few of them, "Have you considered accepting an answer or starting a bounty for this question?"

My answer is no to both because I don't know how to do that. I would like to be more familiar with the procedures here. I am proceeding with brute force through Blender, using BlenderBasics_4thEdition2011.pdf and as I learn as well as teach a class that includes beginning and advanced students I am coming across many things I don't understand.

Blender is an interesting puzzle. I am enjoying the ride but I think that along with learning it I should also try to understand the etiquette of the Stack Exchange.

• just take a look at the help in this site and you'll find the answers , and questions of this kind should be asked in the meta Feb 17 '15 at 17:05
• This must be placed in Meta not in the main site. Feb 17 '15 at 17:28
• All being said, awarding bonuses to get answers isn't necessary. Unless your problem is an obscure/localized one that you want people to spend more than a few minutes on just try to word your question as clearly as possible. See meta.blender.stackexchange.com/questions/608/… Feb 18 '15 at 15:05

Accepting answers: You accept and answer by clicking on the "nike"-icon to the left of the answer. It then turns green. You can only do this with one answer pr. question.

Bounty: Bounties can be started two days after question was posted. They are a way to offer your own rep to attract more answers, since users will put more effort in for a large reward.

Naioai Studios appears to have already addressed the How, so I'll just add some clarification and some of the common etiquette here on Blender.SE.

First, accepting an answer. It is customary to accept the most helpful answer, as soon as possible (be sure to give a reasonable amount of time for other answers to be posted if it does not solve your question exactly). You can un-accept an answer and accept another at any time, just click the check-mark again, and click another one. Up-voting the accepted answer is also common etiquette, as if it solves your question it deserves the up-votes. Stack-Exchange sites are heavily reliant on active voting by all members to sort good questions/answers from the bad ones.

Now for Bounties. A question becomes eligible for a bounty after two days from initial posting, with no accepted answers. If a question becomes eligible, you can start a bounty by clicking the little text underneath the question that says start a bounty.

You can start a bounty on any question, regardless of if it is your own or not, same for all users. Notice though that the minimum amount is 50 rep, so you need to have enough reputation in order to start one.

• Please use screenshots that show the site as is. Feb 18 '15 at 16:42
• Usually I don't accept an answer unless it solves the problem, or shows that what I am looking for is definitely not possible. So if it is helpful but doesn't actually solve the problem, I usually just upvote it in case someone in the future comes along with a full solution. And as an aside, where did those screenshots come from? Feb 19 '15 at 19:20