Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

My user page on StackOverflow is asking me if I have "considered accepting an answer or starting a bounty" for the following question:

Which happens to be my first participation on this site. I've gathered the basics of how this all works, and I even understand the concept of a bounty (which is brilliant by the way).

However, there is nowhere in the UI where I am offered the ability to provide a bounty because I am started off with so little reputation (1 to be exact). My question is most definitely not answered either.

I'm really at a loss for how to give my question more visibility (and more incentive) while being so restricted as a new user to the site? Is this the way it should be?

Thanks in advance.

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Presumably you are also working on a solution to your question, via other research or even just trial and error. Edit your question to show the results of that research and it will be 'bumped' back to the top of the home page and the active view so that others can see it and know about any new information you might discover.

Other than that, there's already a 'bounty' of 15 reputation for any non-community wiki question.

share|improve this answer
So...I accidentally clicked the "community wiki" checkbox. I tried emailing the StackOverflow team, but was given a response that they thought it was pretty clear what the checkbox was for, despite my assertion that it was a little confusing and less intuitive. I noted that I couldn't undo the "community wiki" conversion and asked if it could be reversed. The answer I got was a confirmation that I couldn't reverse it myself. But I have done just as you said as far as bumping it back to the top and updating with my own research. Not much more I can do? Thanks. – mkmurray Jul 13 '09 at 3:28

You can, failing everything else, (although there is a discussion about having a grace period to unwikify questions) ask the question again (now without the CW clicked) stating what's the current situation.

share|improve this answer
I'm actually trying this solution, as my situation with the "Community Wiki" is unique. As soon as I get enough rep i will vote your answer up. I encourage others to vote this one up too, in addition to the other answers. – mkmurray Jul 13 '09 at 17:06

Contribute to the site by answering other people's questions, so that you can build the necessary reputation perhaps?

share|improve this answer
This doesn't actually answer my question. But nonetheless, I realize that is the point of the site. – mkmurray Jul 13 '09 at 17:07
It does answer part of your question. You asked: "I'm really at a loss for how to give my question more visibility (and more incentive) while being so restricted as a new user to the site? Is this the way it should be?" If you answer more questions, you get rep points and badges, which are displayed next to questions you ask. These show other members you're a serious user and people will be more likely to answer your question. Also, you can use the rep you earn to start a bounty. – The Unhandled Exception Sep 22 '09 at 12:34

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .