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Raise bounty upon setting

Maybe some of you will agree with me on this one but bounty system needs some kind of upgrade. I'd recommend following:

  1. If you don't get your answer, maybe you should be able to increase bounty, double it or something
  2. If the automatically accepted answer isn't the correct answer, then we should have a possibility to decrease the bounty.
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marked as duplicate by Ladybug Killer, Juan Manuel Formoso, random, fretje, George Stocker Feb 12 '10 at 14:21

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Ok the downvote, care to explain? –  c0mrade Feb 12 '10 at 12:33
@comrade I didn't downvote you (I upvoted, in fact, because I like the first suggestion) but on Meta, voting habits are a bit different. Downvotes are seen as an expression of disagreement, and don't have the perceived weight they have on SO. –  Pëkka Feb 12 '10 at 12:50
And some downvote when someone whines about a previous downvote –  Juan Manuel Formoso Feb 12 '10 at 12:51
@Downvoter I don't whine. Here is the definition http://www.google.com/search?q=define%3Awhine, I certainly did no such thing. I'm just interested why, unless you got nothing to do then open every post and downvote, I bet that is super fun for you. Hence the chosen nick I guess. –  c0mrade Feb 12 '10 at 12:55
@John Smithers thats a valid point for downvoitng –  c0mrade Feb 12 '10 at 12:56
@Downvoter: "out of courtesy" a person who downvotes should also care to explain the reason why they did it.. =) –  Madi D. Feb 12 '10 at 12:58
@Madi - see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/135/… –  ChrisF Feb 12 '10 at 13:05
@Madi, some people agree with that, some don't –  Juan Manuel Formoso Feb 12 '10 at 13:13
@c0mrade: It's rather a valid point for closing. Btw, the definition of 'whining' on meta is somewhat skewed, to say the least. –  fretje Feb 12 '10 at 13:13
Should people who upvote also be expected to explain every upvote? –  random Feb 12 '10 at 13:14
@fretje "It's rather a valid point for closing" - couldn't agree more –  c0mrade Feb 12 '10 at 13:17
@random I don't know if they are to be expected, but I almost always do it, 90 % of the time, if nothing I say something like "good point +1, like it" or whatever.. And NO, no one should be expected to do anything, I'm just asking could you provide an explanation so that I can improve the question, or delete it or whatever, I'm not angry or anything like that, I just ask for exp. if I can't get one that is totally acceptable. –  c0mrade Feb 12 '10 at 13:18

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I think the first suggestion has some merit, the handling of an ending bounty that had no or no satisfying response is not optimal at the moment.

I think it should be made possible to set a second bounty on a question after the first one has run out (with no refunds on the first bounty, though). A question becoming un-bountyable and un-acceptable after a bounty has run out with no auto-accepted answer is a terrible condition IMO. (Discussion here.)

The second suggestion I'm against. If I put up a bounty, I have to pay it, period. If you don't get an answer that matches your expectations, it's your risk.-

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@Pekka "The second suggestion I'm against. If I put up a bounty, I have to pay it, period. If you don't get an answer that matches your expectations, it's your risk.-" Valid point for now, I just think that the whole bounty system needs major overhaul, yes you should pay for answer but if you get a crappy one you shouldn't, at least to refund some of your points .. for now its not possible but it needs to be addressed sooner or later. I personally am not prone to bounty questions because of this.. –  c0mrade Feb 12 '10 at 13:04
@c0mrade I see your point but disagree. The bounty system is very simple at the moment, I'm against complicating it. (and I have spent 2,250 rep on bounties this year alone.) –  Pëkka Feb 12 '10 at 13:08
I'm not necessarily for making it complicated, I also like to think that less is more, but some users get to your bounty by just writing "can I get the bounty" and some people like the idea of humor about that and vote it up, ending up wining that user some points whatever, the points don't matter, but not getting the answer does and on top of that you loose some of your rep points which you could use for other bounty, I'm talking for people who have few hundred points .. –  c0mrade Feb 12 '10 at 13:12
@c0mrade The solution to that is simple: Keep track of your bounties, and if there are only B.S. answers, award it to yourself. It's a perfectly valid practice as far as I'm aware, because you lose the points in any case. –  Pëkka Feb 12 '10 at 13:47

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