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Can I put a bounty on a community wiki question? While I haven't found any information eliminating this possibility, I have also not found a confirmation answer. Given the special nature of CW questions, I'd like to make sure that bountifiability doesn't die with communitywikification.

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possible duplicate of How does the bounty system work? – Jon Seigel Jul 15 '10 at 22:56
Just curious, is the information here still current? – Neil Fein May 27 '11 at 20:33
@Neil Yes, it is, even if the bounty system has changed a bit since then. – balpha May 27 '11 at 21:06

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Yes, whether or not the question is Community Wiki makes no difference to the bounty system.

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So you can gain rep from "winning" a CW question? That almost seems a little bit of a contradiction. – TheTXI Jul 4 '09 at 15:40
Not really. There will only ever be 1 accepted answer. I think of it like accepting an answer is O(1) and voting an answer up is O(n). – Kyle Cronin Jul 4 '09 at 15:43
I have received an answered to one of my questions but in the meantime the answered got marked as CW. I would like to start and award a bounty, but I can't seem to be able to start a bounty, the button is missing. What am I doing wrong ? – George Profenza Jan 28 '11 at 12:31


Further to this, what happens when multiple users contribute to one post?

I assume it gets awarded to the person who originally posted the answer, which seems a little unfair if someone else contributes to the answer (which is hte idea of CWiki..), but splitting the bounty between contributors would be abuse-prone (people doing meaningless edits just before the bounty is awarded etc)

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While it is a legitimate concern, I think that it's more theoretical than practical, as I have a hard time coming up with a time that this happened. Usually if someone is going to add a lot of content to a question, they add their own answer rather than editing another one. – Kyle Cronin Jul 4 '09 at 21:10

Do you even gain rep from an accepted answer of a Community Wiki question (I can't remember off the top of my head). If you can gain rep from a correct answer (which I want to say is not the case), then I would suspect you should be able to set a bounty...

But I do not believe that is true. I believe setting a rep on a bounty (if it were in fact possible) would be more like throwing away rep than anything else.

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Yes, if you post an answer as CW and it's accepted, you get +15. Also, the bounty works as it should regardless of CW status. – Kyle Cronin Jul 4 '09 at 15:41
Interesting . – TheTXI Jul 4 '09 at 16:41
Huh. I thought CW meant that you would never get any rep from the answer; I guess I don't participate in CW questions often enough to have found out. – mmyers Jul 4 '09 at 22:50

It's happened. For example: this question

Yet the FAQ seems wrong on this point:

Of course, bounty awards, like all accepted answers, are immune to the daily reputation cap and community wiki mode.

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That quote is correct: bounty awards and accepted answers are immune to community wiki mode, meaning that wiki has no effect at all on Rep earned in those two ways. – gnostradamus Jul 21 '09 at 17:26
Ah - I thought it meant that such posts were immune from being turned into community wiki mode. How about a change of wording then? – Draemon Jul 21 '09 at 21:38

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