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I don't have a start a bounty link on stackoverflow. On both meta and superuser the link exists but not on SO (where I have enough reputation).

My user id is 3848.

This issue reproduces on multiple machines and in three different browsers (so it's probably not a client side issue).

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Do you already have a bounty started on a different question? – devinb Jun 23 '10 at 13:49
    
Nope, I had a bounty more than half a year ago but not since. – Motti Jun 23 '10 at 13:53
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Is the question not old enough? – kennytm Jun 23 '10 at 13:59
    
I went to question #178634 which was asked on October 2008 and no link there either (stackoverflow.com/questions/178634) – Motti Jun 23 '10 at 14:04
    
That's funny, I see a bounty link on that question. – mmyers Jun 23 '10 at 14:13
    
I see the link, too. (But I haven't started a bounty on SO before) – Tobias Kienzler Jun 23 '10 at 14:29
    
@mmyers and @Tobias, I don't think this bug applies to all users that's why I specified my UID. – Motti Jun 23 '10 at 14:43
    
It's not a problem of reputation too, as Motti has more reputation than I do on Stack Overflow, but I am able to see the link. – kiamlaluno Jun 23 '10 at 15:33
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Things that would prevent bounty link from showing:

  • you already have an active bounty on any question (only one is allowed)

  • you lack sufficient rep to start a bounty (100 is the minimum)

  • the question is not yet 2 days old (the minimum age)

When I log in as my test account with 178 rep -- our old pal Eggs McLaren -- I do see the 'start a bounty' link on that question, so I can't reproduce this.

I suspect you already have an active bounty in the system on someone else's questions?

edit: I see -- you started a bounty, then deleted the question you had the bounty on while the bounty was still active. It was this question. I cleared the bounty which deletes the bounty vote.

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Huh, so now bounties no longer block a question from being deleted or closed? That's interesting. – Grace Note Jun 24 '10 at 0:28
    
@grace, I think you could delete them as long as it was your question – juanformoso Jun 24 '10 at 0:30
    
Either block the deletion, or auto-clear the bounty...? – Jon Seigel Jun 24 '10 at 0:31
    
Thanks for the prompt response, that solved things. Are you going to add a general solution to prevent this from happening again (as per @Jon's suggestions) – Motti Jun 24 '10 at 5:21
    
Thank you very much. My problem was "the question is not yet 2 days old (the minimum age)" :) – smhnaji May 1 '12 at 13:50
    
@Jeff, I think, now the sufficient reputation required is 75. – venkatvb Jun 5 '15 at 4:53
    
Something else I ran into ... a single user can only have three outstanding bounties at a given time. You have to award one of the bounties to offer another one. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Feb 2 at 0:48

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