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How does the bounty system work?

I have over 75 reputation points, but I can't for the life of me see how to add a bounty to my questions. I sometimes have seen "add a bounty" buttons on other people's questions, but not on mine.

The FAQ says nothing about how to add a bounty, so I am presuming I am thick.

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marked as duplicate by waiwai933, random Jun 12 '11 at 1:03

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Use the "start a bounty" link under the question. See this blog entry for an illustrated guide.

Note that there is a limitation on bounties: you can only start them on questions that are older than two days and don't have an accepted answer yet (this may explain why you don't see the "start a bounty" link on some questions).

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OK, the blog post sorted it: The question needs to be over 2 days old. Otherwise, I don't see the darn "start a bounty" link. You get the accepted answer, but I will add an answer below to show the precise solution in my case – awrigley Oct 11 '10 at 13:25

To see the "start a bounty" link, the post needs to be:

  1. At least 2 days old
  2. Have no accepted answers - EDIT: this is no longer valid!!! See comment below
  3. You can have only one question with a bounty
  4. You cannot assign a bounty to a question that already has one.

After that, you get to see the link and so you can add a bounty.

See the link to a blog entry in Piskvor's answer to this thread.

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This data is actually incorrect; the information in the privilege page, under "Which questions are eligible?", is more accurate. Bounties are no longer tied to accepted answers so you are able to put it on a question with an accepted answer. However, you cannot post it on a question that already has a bounty, or when you already have a current bounty on another question. – Grace Note Oct 11 '10 at 13:35

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