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With the new ability to set bounties on any question, it's great on Stack Overflow for getting attention to everyone on someone else's question that interests you. Sometimes it doesn't yield results, but you can always apply a new bounty to extend the period that it is extra-visible. And this works because the benefit is that a lot of people get to see it, you don't really need to target a specific person.
On Meta, it's a bit different. People are posting bounties on feature requests and bug reports that they agree with, because they want action on it. Action by the team, a specific group of people. And I'm not talking down the practice - I think it's a great show of support. But I've been looking at what has been posted on the bounty board over the past weeks, and what response those get, and I honestly haven't seen it actually provoke the team to any action. This has been the case since the old bounty system as well, I really haven't seen the posting of a bounty ever truly spark action to resolve a concern. Since it only lasts a week, which isn't necessarily when someone is looking, the new system can result in a lot of bounty being spent for possibly nothing.
So my question is, does the team actually pay special attention to Featured bug reports and feature requests? I know there is the whole establishment of the bugs and reqs tab that shows generally what is being looked at. I think it's good for the actual evaluation process. I'm simply curious, is there any additional thought or attention given to anything with bounties? Are users who are posting bounties explicitly to get the attention of the team misguided?
I can accept either answer (if it's no, I'll end up posting bounties on things that the community as a whole can contribute to, like naming discussions or etiquette clarification). I don't intend to make people change how they are current assigning bounties, nor how the team looks at bounty questions. I just think that a concrete answer would be very useful.