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I issued a bounty for a question:

Why am I getting a "well-formedness constraint: unique attribute spec" (0xc00cee3c) error when I descend from LongListSelector

It brought in zero responses.

It'd be interesting if there was a badge for that.

Maybe call it "Bounty-lost" or "bounty-tumbleweed"?

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I think this is too much of an edge case to justify a consolation badge.

Usually, two types of questions fail to get responses from a bounty:

  • Bad questions (too vague ones, too broad ones....)

  • Hard questions (truly hard problems, questions that require deep inside knowledge about the product...)

The bad ones don't deserve recognition; and a badge wouldn't help the hard questions, the niche ones are so special that really no one can answer them, get answers.

What I could support is a "discount" on running a second bounty, or making it free. That might help hard questions in very little-frequented tags.

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The discount idea is pretty nice. – BalusC Nov 9 '11 at 23:58
I really like the idea of a discount. It would have to expire of course - you shouldn't get your coupon (hehe) if 1) someone answers or 2) you revoke the bounty (can you even revoke a bounty?). It should only be for genuinely unanswered bounties. – corsiKa Nov 10 '11 at 1:24
Currently the minimum goes up if you want to add another bounty. Maybe make that extra amount "free" (so the second would be +100 for a cost of +50, the third +200 for the cost of +50, etc) if no answer was received? – agf Nov 10 '11 at 1:52
This discount idea suggests that if a good question is asked on the wrong site, the OP should stick to that site and keep bumping it with discount bounties instead of asking a mod to migrate it elsewhere. (Something that has happened to me recently, though migration did't really help). – Dmitry Grigoryev 2 days ago

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