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  • Why a new bounty system for SO questions?
  • Is it to increase answer rate to unanswered question?
  • What is the purpose of opening bounty to other user's questions?
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I'm assuming you already read the related blog post?

Why a new bounty system for SO questions?

Becausethe old system was very imperfect and caused a lot of complaints and feature requests.

Is it to increase answer rate to unanswered question?

I like to view it as the fixing of a system that was partly broken, with beneficial consequences all round.

What is the purpose of opening bounty to other user's questions?

The main purpose is probably avoiding duplicates: If you had a question you urgently need answered, and it had been asked already, under the old system, you were forced to try and open a duplicate and hope it survives until the 24 hour waiting period was over. Now, you can simply add a bounty to the already existing question.

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Your point about avoiding duplicates is valid, but the solution doesn't address the problem of new users wanting to ask the same question. – ChrisF Jun 19 '10 at 10:46
    
@Chris: Would a discussion on how to fix that not make a good question on its own? – Georg Fritzsche Jun 19 '10 at 14:18
    
@3chars - Yes it would. I've started writing the question several times and each time scrapped it. I must try again. – ChrisF Jun 19 '10 at 14:45
    
@3chars - finally asked - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/54329/… – ChrisF Jun 19 '10 at 17:20

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