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I checked the email I used for my Gravatar (the autogen image was cooler than the one that matches my OpenID), and I was surprised to find an automated Stack Overflow notifying me about a bounty I posted.

It told me I could opt out of these notifications, which I found odd because I wasn't aware I ever opted in to them. A study of my user profile shows a checkbox for "I'd like email notifications of activity on my questions and answers", which I have never toggled.

I find the on-site notification envelope to be far more useful, so I thought it less-than-optimal to use email notifications.

Why did I receive the email even with that setting turned off?

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I suppose @Kop did it because it makes it easier to read. – waiwai933 May 30 '10 at 18:58
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Bounty questions are automatic opt-in for email flag.

We are also turning on this flag for users who have a bounty question in play. We want to make sure users have at least one day of email warning before their question bounty expires, so they remember to check for an answer and accept one, if they want to avoid the auto-accept that kicks in for the highest scored answer (minimum of 2 score required).


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I see. Curiosity... does this mean that even if I unsubscribe through the email, I'll simply be opted in again? – Grace Note May 31 '10 at 12:21
@ccomet, I couldn't find specific info about that, but if you set bounty on another question, you become the user with a bounty question again, so I guess it will be. – YOU May 31 '10 at 12:59
Satisfactory to me, then. I don't particularly mind the emails, but I was surprised. I'd accept your answer immediately but I want to leave the question open for a bit just in case some extra light is shed. Thanks, S.Mark. – Grace Note May 31 '10 at 13:08
@ccomet, no worries, just leave it open. – YOU May 31 '10 at 13:26

Starting a bounty is an implicit opt-in to the bounty notification emails.

Otherwise, we get far too many complaints about "gee, you didn't tell me I had to select an answer before the bounty closed!"

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Alright, well, that makes good sense. So, in the interest of not messing with the default settings which have good reasoning, is there anything I as a user can do, after starting a bounty, to opt out before the email is sent? No worries if I can't, but it'll be a nice thing to know. – Grace Note May 31 '10 at 22:05

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