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I started a bounty on my question for some days.

How to find the minimum covariant type between two types?

And now it expires in 3 days. In the past days, it comes even no single answer.

So I'm wondering is that because of it originally is a Q&A style question, that the bounty system prevent people to answer?


I experienced two kind of reps wasting with the bounty:

  1. Before I started, there are already answers, it still brings new answers. I missed the grace period, but my answer became more voted when I wasn't online, reps wasted.

  2. After I started, got many answers, but none solves the question. I left it auto awarding, but all answers have equally voting, reps wasted.

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What makes you think a bounty restricts people from answering? Your self-answer has 14 upvotes, perhaps people find they cannot add anything to that? A bounty's aim is to attract attention, answers are never guaranteed. – Martijn Pieters Mar 19 '13 at 10:41
in your post it seems like bounty is offered for more traffic instead of another answer however its legit and there is no problem – NullPoiиteя Mar 19 '13 at 10:44
@KenKin: the rep is taken as "payment" for the "advertising" you get from the bounty. It's paid up front, non-refundable (in ordinary circumstances). (Also your bounty message is pretty hard to understand.) – Mat Mar 19 '13 at 10:48
Also from the faq: "This feature was designed to motivate answerers, and help questions get the answers they deserve." So no, it certainly doesn't prevent answers. – Mat Mar 19 '13 at 10:50
"rep being wasted" is a risk one must consider before starting the bounty. I lost thousands of points here on Meta on bounties going to the void but totally accept it since I know that's a possible and likely outcome. You can start another bounty (offering more than before) when this one expires but even 500 won't guarantee a good answer. – Shadow Wizard Mar 19 '13 at 11:14
I moved the content of my comments to question body. – Ken Kin Mar 19 '13 at 12:13
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Your answer is incredibly verbose and very clearly demonstrates and addresses your problem. It doesn't look like anyone has been able to better it, as your bounty asks for.

The bounty doesn't guarantee a better answer. It merely guarantees that your question will most likely get more attention.

So, by placing the bounty on the question, you've got the attention you wanted, but nobody was able to better your answer.

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Then how can I modify the message of bounty? – Ken Kin Mar 19 '13 at 10:58
@KenKin You can't, why would that make a difference? People are attracted to the question because of the bounty, chances are they are not concerned with the bounty reason. – mattytommo Mar 19 '13 at 11:00
I'm thinking whether I made it too restricted of the implementation, and going to discard some. – Ken Kin Mar 19 '13 at 11:38
Thank you very much and now there're some new answers. – Ken Kin Mar 20 '13 at 6:17

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