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I was trying to vote a question off topic, but i cant since it has a pending bounty.

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Is this behaviour intended? It doesnt seem like a good idea that a question can be "protected" from being off topic, or in other ways unwanted just by placing a bounty on it?

The specific question is borderline off-topic so i really just wanted to flag it for the admin so he could decide if it should be moved to a broader forum (for the best of the one asking the question as well)

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Yes, this is the desired behavior.

A moderator is able to refund the bounty so that action can be taken. Flagging the post for moderator attention is the appropriate action in a situation like this.

There's more detail at Meta Stack Overflow — in particular, these posts:

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