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Minimum bounty on a question is now 100 rep?

Why is 50 reputation not even an option in the bounty dialog for my question?

The FAQ states that...

Slice off anywhere from +50 to +500 of your own hard-earned reputation and attach it to any question as a bounty.

screenshot of the bounty dialog

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marked as duplicate by Josh Caswell, Oded, user7116, Time Traveling Bobby, Some Helpful Commenter Feb 1 '12 at 15:20

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Is it your own question? Do you have an answer on this question already? –  Oded Feb 1 '12 at 14:39
    
Yes, it is my own question. No, there are no answers yet. –  Kimi Feb 1 '12 at 14:41
    
I was able to do it, the reason must be what Matt says. –  Bastardo Feb 1 '12 at 14:51
    
@RoboLover: You added the bounty as I was adding one myself as well :). –  Matt Feb 1 '12 at 14:52
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@Matt :) And that is a great honour for me Matt, illuminating answer by the way. –  Bastardo Feb 1 '12 at 14:56
    
Note, too, that the minimum bounty amount doubles each time you offer a bounty on the same question. –  Chris Frederick Feb 1 '12 at 19:17
    
Why was the bug tag removed? waffles has stated that deleted answers should be excluded. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/64824/… –  Kimi Feb 2 '12 at 6:19
    
@Kimi: If you add @NickCraver to your message, he'll get pinged and might add a comment why the bug tag was removed :). –  Matt Feb 2 '12 at 9:18
    
@ Matt: ah, thanks :) Well, you heard me now @NickCraver ! –  Kimi Feb 2 '12 at 10:31

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The minimum amount you can offer for a bounty on a question you have answered is 100. This was added as a small reputation hack was discovered.

However, because the answer you posted has been deleted (and because waffles commented and said "I think I exclude deleted stuff"), I imagine this is a bug.

However (however), in the event of this bug being fixed (allowing you to add a bounty to questions which has a deleted answer of yours in it), the loop hole would be renabled (in the form of deleting answer, adding bounty, undeleting answer). But it's also not fair that you can't add a bounty to your question in this instance.

Indeed, I fail to see what the difference is between adding a bounty to a question which you've got a zero-voted answer on (which you can't do), to adding a bounty to a question and then adding an answer to it (which you can)...

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Thank you for a great answer. Has this been documented somewhere else than on waffles' answer on that question you linked? –  Kimi Feb 1 '12 at 14:58
    
@Kimi: Not that I know of :(. –  Matt Feb 1 '12 at 15:01
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"Indeed, I fail to see what the difference is between adding a bounty to question which you've got a zero-voted answer on (and deleted), to adding a bounty to a question and then adding an answer to it..." This. It doesn't feel like it's working as intended. –  Kimi Feb 2 '12 at 6:18
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What Kimi said! So far the only answer my question has got is the "poor man's approach" answer I posted. So I don't see why I need to spend twice as much reputation to drive some interest, when I just trying to be helpful. (Ref: stackoverflow.com/questions/10989848/… ) All this rule means is that in future I'll hold on to any self-answers I have just in case I want to use a bounty on the question in future. Everyone loses? –  Darren Cook Jun 15 '12 at 10:45

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