It is very weird to see a question which obviously doesn't belong here is still existing. Furthermore has a bounty on it (I know it's user's discretion) and has an answer by someone. Now even though the answer has negative votes , it is eligible to be accepted? Seems really weird logic on both sides... Is there no possible control technique?

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  1. Question acceptance is purely at the question asker's discretion. They may accept any answer for any reason, or no answer if that's what they want.

  2. The only limitation on whether a question can have a bounty made is if it is closed. You can also award bounties to answers with net negative scores.

  3. If you think a question doesn't belong, then you should vote/flag to close it. Unfortunately placing bounties on questions prevents them from being closed. If the question is particularly egregious you can write a custom flag to ask a mod to cancel the bounty so that it can be closed. If you're looking at the same question I am I don't think it warrants the bounty being cancelled, but I will be voting to close it once the bounty is over. (As I did previously. I don't know why people want garbage like it to stay here.)

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    Regarding your third point: I'm not comfortable touching it because Ghreu/Greek - Area 51 Proposal (with any of the other alts) hasn't broken any of the written rules. I am not motivated to read etymology questions or their answers. As Douglas Adams would put it, I've installed a "SEP field" around the tag.
    – prash Mod
    Commented Mar 10, 2020 at 16:55
  • exactly, but I don't get why 2 is still a thing? and 3, till it gets closed, the other participants on the community might get a wrong idea. What I am trying to say is there should be a guard on what questions can be bountied, or if they are and are highly unpopular, then can the bounty be closed off sooner than the user intended? Commented Mar 11, 2020 at 9:19
  • I don't really think that could work. Votes are completely opaque, I don't think you could really use them to make fair criteria for blocking question bounties. Closing questions is more transparent because you have to give a reason why. I don't think there's much of a problem caused by downvoted questions having bounties. Downvoted questions can still get good answers after all.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented Mar 11, 2020 at 10:19

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