I opened a bounty on stackoverflow hoping that my question would get more visibility, but sadly I noticed that it only got three views since I started the bounty yesterday.
Eventually, in 7 days, it will reach the top of the featured tab (right now it's on page 2, and no one will look that far).. But I don't want to wait for 7 days before the visibility bonus of the bounty will come into effect - and eventually it will. It just doesn't seem right to me having to sit for days before my answer goes up the list.
So, in my opinion the ordering should be changed. I have the following proposal: The reverse of what it is now.
- People are more likely to receive an answer immediately (which is good, people want things now not later), that maybe the OP will mark as accepted in advance, therefore reducing the number of featured questions (which is good because the others get more visibility).
- The asker will have time to accept the answer. For example, now the first question on the list on SO is this, it ends in 2 hours and it currently has a very high number of views and thus high potential for answers. However, if I decide to answer now, what are the chances the asker sees it and has time to accept it before the bounty expires?
- There is none I can see. Same potential for visibility and answers, but simply reversed (you get a lot of visibility and answers right away, and little later on, instead of the inverse).
What do you think?