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Now that anyone can set a bounty on other peoples question, it might be nice to know who actually award it.

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What do you mean exactly? "This question has an open bounty worth +100 reputation from Gnoupi ending in 6 days." is under the question I put a bounty on. –  Gnoupi Jul 7 '10 at 8:51
    
@Gnoupi sorry, you're right. I meant showing who awarded it, because afterwards the name of the bounty donor does not show up e.g. on hovering the bounty, see e.g. here which I guess was not awarded by the OP. (I stumbled upon this post because of this question). –  Tobias Kienzler Jul 7 '10 at 9:05
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Yerp, adding the names to the tooltip. –  waffles Jul 8 '10 at 3:42

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Hover over the bounty award, it should show you who awarded the bounty.

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Very nicely. I'm liking that an auto-awarded bounty is also immediately distinguishable (it's awarded by Community). –  Grace Note Jul 9 '10 at 10:13
    
Did you consider doing a GROUP BY on the names? Mega edge case, I know. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/51542/… –  Jon Seigel Jul 9 '10 at 14:56

I think the best location for names of bounty assignment would be as part of revision history. The only other reasonable place is in the tooltip. However, while separate bounties on one post are recorded separately, the tooltip will only show the combined total. See the research by Jon and myself here, and a related feature request for improving the tooltip.

Adding names (which can be long, and numerous) will make the tooltip potentially unwieldy. Comparatively, attaching it to a revision history event, in which each individual bounty can be isolated, will look cleaner. Also, the name of whoever gave a bounty isn't something that's immediately necessary knowledge, so it doesn't hurt it as much to require a click to determine. There's no other reasonable location to place this information, so revision history seems best.

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re potentially unwieldy, the odds of this getting out of controls are fairly low, I totally agree we need a history event for bounties, but I am not convinced showing the name of the person/s in the tooltip is going to cause too much visual clutter. –  waffles Jul 8 '10 at 3:44
    
@waffles I don't think it'll cause too much clutter - it's definitely a viable and usable option and the edge cases where it'll break are ludicrously rare since they'd be a subset of multi-awards (themselves an edge case). All things considered, I just think the revision history is a better place. But as I mentioned back in my feature request, I'm fine with adding it to the tooltip - no reason we can't have two cakes and eat them both! –  Grace Note Jul 8 '10 at 4:52
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yerp both are done on dev, it will be deployed tomorrow :) –  waffles Jul 8 '10 at 5:03

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