I saw that in the calculation of the
yearling badge ( Do offered bounties affect the reputation gain needed for the Yearling badge?) the bounties offered are subtracted and the net reputation is taken into account. Now you can be more than
earning at least 200 reputation and put it in bounties. And if
earning is to be encouraged, spending should not be punished.
Now it can be argued that bounties improve or don't improve the overall SO experience ( Do bounties improve overall quality of the posts?), at least to the point that they already allow you to deserve 4 bronze badges.
So is it reasonable for bounties to be deducted from the
yearling badge calculation? Or to be an alternative
bountiful yearling for say, spending at least 500 or more reputation on bounties?