To celebrate the new bounty system, I was just preparing for a shopping spree - for example, I need a good YAML parser for a project I'm working on, and thought I'd add a bounty to this question from 2009 to find out whether anything new has come up since then - only to discover that after starting my first bounty, I can't start any more!
Then I saw that the new small print has this to say:
Users may only have one active question bounty at any given time.
This is new, isn't it? It didn't use to be this way.
Why is this? Is there a good reason for it?
I'm disappointed about this. It imposes an arbitrary and unnecessary limitation and takes away a good bit of my initial enthusiasm for what I thought is now a really great system.
Can this please be lifted or at least increased to three or five?
Update: @ccomet and @Jon Seigel make some good points about how an unlimited number of bounties would favour high rep users. While I don't fully agree, I can see their point. I still feel at least three simultaneous bounties would be a fair level. Alternatively, apply the limit on bounties for other people's questions only - that would solve the problem of high-rep users setting the agenda, while everybody can continue to put bounties on their own questions as they like.