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Is it acceptable to offer a bounty in the body of the question? I think it is, and I think it helps to drive answers to harder questions which may take a little longer to consider by letting the answerer know they will be rewarded.

Here is an example: how to turn a string into a linq expression?

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I am more worried on the "any answer with code will be upvoted" part –  ajax333221 Jul 26 '12 at 21:21
    
@ajax333221 - I put a lot of code in there. It is reasonable to avoid conjecture as an answer. –  Travis J Jul 26 '12 at 21:22

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It may encourage you to know that the length of this waiting period is a debated topic, but promising future payment within a question could lead to some vagueness about if an answer truly did help you and if the promised bounty didn't follow. IMHO. Better to avoid the issue, write welcoming questions, and/or wait for an official bounty.

And to add from Oded, welcoming questions (which aren't always rewarded with quick, helpful answers) will dramatically increase your chances. And hopefully you'll then have less need to reward bounties in exchange for attention/help from SO (or wherever this applies). I am constantly impressed by SO for it's quick response time regardless the promise of rep.

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If you insist on making promises to would-be answerers and imposing conditions on the community for answering your questions, the proper place to do that is in comments below the question, not in the question itself.

However, note that the social norms for asking and answering questions are largely determined by the community itself, and any attempt to bend those norms could be considered a turn-off.

None of us are being paid to do this; we are doing it because we like helping others, and maybe earning a few reputation points in the process. So be gracious to your fellow community members. And be patient; there's nowhere else on the Internet where you can get an answer to a good question as quickly as you can here.

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The intent was not to impose on anyone in the community, but to show that a reward would be issued in appreciation. Many times OPs do not even accept answers. –  Travis J Jul 26 '12 at 21:48
    
@TravisJ - They don't have to. This is an open community. –  Oded Jul 27 '12 at 6:36
    
@Oded - I believe you misunderstood my point, and are now just being rude with your assumptions. Never did I state that OP's have to answer. "Accepting an answer is important as it both rewards posters for solving your problem and informs others that your issue is resolved." -meta.stackexchange.com/a/5235/178816. –  Travis J Jul 27 '12 at 19:13

There is a bounty system - that's the only "acceptable" way to offer a bounty.

See How does the bounty system work? for details.

If you wish to offer a bounty, offer a bounty, not promises that you will.

I actually find your wording somewhat offensive:

Posting a link with no explanation will be downvoted. An accepted answer with code will be bountied, any answer with code will be upvoted.

You are certainly driving people away from answering the question with this tone and attitude - people know how the site works and informing people of the pending carrots and sticks does nothing but raise the hackles, at least for me.

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"If you wish to offer a bounty, offer a bounty" - This is not always possible. –  Travis J Jul 26 '12 at 21:06
    
@TravisJ - As 4k+ user? Hardly. If you are not in a position to offer a bounty, for whatever reason, don't suggest that you will give one at a later date. –  Oded Jul 26 '12 at 21:08
    
Do you mean, you have outstanding bounties or not enough rep to award a bounty? –  Ason Jul 26 '12 at 21:08
    
@Ason - The OP certainly has enough rep on SO. –  Oded Jul 26 '12 at 21:08
    
@Ason - I mean that there is a waiting period to offer a bounty. –  Travis J Jul 26 '12 at 21:08
    
@Oded - Your assumption is incorrect. I am not in a position to offer bounty because the system will not allow it that early. –  Travis J Jul 26 '12 at 21:08
    
@TravisJ - Are you truly is such a hurry? The answers coming in during the waiting period are not good enough? –  Oded Jul 26 '12 at 21:09
    
@Oded - I am used to complex questions not getting attention. Many people just want quick rep. –  Travis J Jul 26 '12 at 21:09
    
@Oded - It is hard to post a question which already has many duplicates. The heckling is inherent in the site and rampant for duplicates, especially when they have accepted answers. I am not trying to drive people away, but to avoid answers which are duplicates or which mock my question as non constructive. Note that the accepted answer in the link here was not available in any other questions. –  Travis J Jul 26 '12 at 21:10
    
Complex questions that don't get rep is why bounties exist. There is also such a thing as patience. –  Oded Jul 26 '12 at 21:12
    
@Oded - I have tried waiting before, every other time except the linked question. Usually it doesn't work. Dated questions don't get that much attention here. –  Travis J Jul 26 '12 at 21:16
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@TravisJ If there is a duplicate question with an accepted answer then you shouldn't be posting the question at all, let alone debating adding a bounty. If the accepted answer isn't good enough in your opinion then put a bounty on the existing question (which you can do since it's not brand new) asking for...whatever the current answer doesn't give you. –  Servy Jul 26 '12 at 21:16
    
@Oded - Please review this post if you do not like the wording: meta.stackexchange.com/a/84345/178816 –  Travis J Jul 26 '12 at 21:19
    
@Servy - Posting an answer as a link is not an answer in my opinion, nor in the opinion listed in meta.stackexchange.com/a/84345/178816. –  Travis J Jul 26 '12 at 21:19
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@TravisJ - It may encourage you to know that the length of this waiting period is a debated topic, but promising future payment within a question could lead to some vagueness about if an answer truly did help you and if the promised bounty didn't follow. IMHO. Better to avoid the issue, write welcoming questions, and/or wait for an official bounty. –  Ason Jul 26 '12 at 21:20

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