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I think that some question can start by one person offer bounty let say +50, and some other can offer +50 (total +100).

This way more than one person can share the cost of the bounty and at the same time show the interesting for a better answer.

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See this question. –  Gelatin Sep 16 '10 at 18:27

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This is an interesting idea, but it's functionally equivalent to having multiple bounties active on a given question at one time. And it's been explicitly stated in the blog that "Questions may only have one active question bounty at any given time."

A "merged bounty" would also have award issues; what if one contributor thought that user X's answer was the best, but the other contributor thought that user Y's answer was the best? What if they didn't contribute the same amount to the bounty?

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the other contributor is not in the position to decide, is just help the first one giving a bounty. The Answer is the one he care about and not how get the bounty. If he found a good answer is the real goal. –  Aristos Sep 16 '10 at 18:28
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@Aristos, what if the other contributor thinks the answer is a bad answer? The current system allows for two people to offer bounties on one question in sequence, which I believe has most of the pros with few of the cons. –  Pops Sep 16 '10 at 18:31

I don't know if that would be a good idea. A 100 point bounty for 1 week is likely to see far fewer views than 2 50-point bounties for 2 weeks. I don't think the answers will necessarily be any better for a 100 point bounty, but having multiple bounties increases the question's exposure (over time), thus increasing the odds of getting at least one good answer.

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There can be 2 bounties, they don't merge, but are separate, so they act as if they would otherwise, ending in their 1 week. –  Schoolboy Jan 30 '13 at 15:11

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