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I put up this bounty over on SO with the assumption that the text would be formatted like it is for a question or answer.

I'm not really sure if I was incorrect in my assumption, or if I just formatted my text improperly, as I can't go back and edit what I put in. Am I missing an obvious feature? If not, would it be reasonable to request bounty-text edits--perhaps with moderator-approval to prevent abuse?

Edit: I was trying to use markdown to produce an unordered list as part of my bounty. What you see in the link is a blob of text with dashes separating phrases

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Seems like a logical assumption to me. (Disclaimer: Personally, I haven't issued any bounties since the bounty system was updated to allow for this.) –  Nightfirecat Nov 15 '11 at 6:23
If you flagged your post as "Other" and explained what you did, I think they'd probably refund the bounty so you could do it again correctly. (I guess you could include a link to this thread too, now.) –  Jeremy Banks Nov 15 '11 at 6:29
@JeremyBanks That works for one-off mistakes. I think people like me would waste a moderator's valuable time--that is, some people aren't meticulous enough to write compile-on-the-first-time code (or markdown, in this case) –  Eric Hu Nov 15 '11 at 6:42
Seconded, I was about to ask the same question. For what it's worth, the bounty text seems to follow the same markdown rules as comments (I was able to format code, and comment markdown indeed doesn't support bulleted lists). –  Frédéric Hamidi Dec 4 '11 at 9:25
@Frédéric, did you try fancy formatting in the bounty you apparently put on this question some time ago? See also What markdown formatting features are available for Bounty remarks? (But I guess that needs a definitive answer from a developer.) –  Arjan Jan 20 '12 at 8:25
@Arjan, actually, I tried to be clever and put formatting errors and typos in my bounty text on purpose, to try and convey my intent better (my intent being "we should be able to edit the bounty text, because we're not perfect and everyone makes mistakes sometimes"). That did not really work, though. –  Frédéric Hamidi Jan 20 '12 at 11:41
It might also be useful to add the ability to change the bounty reason as well, if you later decide that one of the other reasons is a better fit. Maybe limit it to only 5-10 minutes after the bounty is created. –  Cupcake yesterday
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This question has an open bounty worth +50 reputation from Cupcake ending in 5 days.

This question has not received enough attention.

I just created a bounty on this question, but I only saw after the bounty was created that not all of the markdown that I entered was rendered in the way that I intended. It would be nice to have this feature implemented, possibly with the ability to change the bounty reason as well.

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Yes, please!

Despite earlier (deleted) tests that showed paragraphs and even block quotes were supported, I just learned that since January only mini-Markdown is supported, very much like comments. Earlier today, I even used the preview question editor to ensure my Markdown was fine. Still then, the paragraphs and blockquote got lost in the final result! I'd love to fix that.

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Picture of the original test. –  Rob W Feb 19 '12 at 14:07
And formatting issues aside, it would be nice to be able to fix silly mistakes as well. –  shanethehat May 1 '12 at 11:17
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How about this:

  • a (say 5 minute?) short time frame to edit the text, much like comments
  • perhaps during that period a small warning for viewers, explaining the bounty text may still be tweaked

That would allow honest folks to catch perhaps up to 95% of all minor (often formatting) mistakes, without a (big) risk of people investing wasted time to score a bounty while finding out later the bounty requirements changed a lot.

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Or maybe a preview of the bounty text, like when entering a question. –  Mr Lister Jul 29 '12 at 20:46
Aye, I even made a separate request for that just before posting this answer. –  Jeroen Jul 29 '12 at 20:48
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