I offered a bounty on another person's question because I was facing exactly the same issue: Visual Studio 2013 Error: workflow "could not generate view for item".

In the meantime, I came up with the solution and posted it as an answer. My concern is, who gets rewarded for a bounty? Obviously, I cannot award myself so it's a pity to waste bounty reward. Theoretically, someone could literally copy my answer and earn bounty reward. This seems like a perfectly legitimate thing to do. What are your thoughts on this?

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It's always tricky when you answer your own bounty question. You can't get the bounty points back, and in theory another user can copy your answer, receive a minimum of +2 votes and get half the bounty if you don't award the full bounty.

This is accepted behavior and has been detailed in the FAQ topics concerning bounties. If you answer your own bounty you are not eligible for getting the bounty back.

Basically the only way the bounty will get awarded to anybody is:

You accept an answer during the bounty period.

If the bounty period expires, the highest voted answer (minimum score of +2) wins half the bounty.

If there is a tie on answers with minimum score of +2, the first answer is accepted.

Any other scenario and you will lose the reputation and no reputation will be awarded to anybody else.

Ref: Accepted answer on the Question "Lost reputation after answering my own question with bounty {duplicate}"

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