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I was just wondering if this sounds wrong:

Reputation is never given, it is earned by convincing fellow users that you know what you’re talking about.

But when you get bounty awards you are given reputation from the user whom submitted the bounty?
Define: Giving

To give what you have to another, in this case they are giving reputation to who ever answers it in time or gets accepted.

Can someone please fill in my blanks here as I am a little confused here? :)

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The word "except" seems to be missing. :) –  Mehrdad Jan 22 '11 at 2:52
    
Does a question require_once "except" ?? for more they use just require :P –  JamesM Jan 22 '11 at 2:57

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Your question is natural, as what you've seen appears to contradict itself.

However, the truth is simple: bounties are an abomination unto SO, a concession by The Powers That Be to the evil and greed in men's hearts. Originally, there were no bounties. One man, one vote. But folks wanted them. They wanted them bad...

Moral of the story: be careful what you beg and plead for...

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How is there a conflict? where? –  JamesM Jan 22 '11 at 2:56
    
@JamesM: The FAQ states that reputation is never given. Which is how it works. Except for bounties, where reputation is given. The FAQ is... Mostly right, except for that one glaring exception. –  Shogging through the snow Jan 22 '11 at 2:58
    
Do you think someone who has access to the FAQ (for editing) should update it to something else?? –  JamesM Jan 22 '11 at 3:15
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@James: probably not. Again, the statement is mostly correct, and the purpose of the FAQ isn't to serve as exhaustive legal documentation. Think of it as a form of lies we tell to children –  Shogging through the snow Jan 22 '11 at 3:17
    
@Shog9: Wait, you're not telling me that Santa isn't real!??!? –  Mehrdad Jan 22 '11 at 3:39
    
@Mehrdad: oh, no, he's real enough... Just not as nice as they make him out to be in the stories. –  Shogging through the snow Jan 22 '11 at 3:44
    
@Shog9: phew... almost shattered all my dreams and beliefs there, lol ;) –  Mehrdad Jan 22 '11 at 3:45

It appears to me it's merely an issue of interpretation.

Reputation is never given, it is earned by 
convincing fellow users that you know 
what you’re talking about.

I'd say that bounty reputation is earned by convincing the person who set the bounty that you know what you're talking about.

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It can't be earned if they give it to you :P Earning means that the one who set the bounty lost no reputation, Bounty after a question has been answered is called donations :) Donations are giving. Bounties are giving. –  JamesM Jan 22 '11 at 3:16
    
@JamesM Earn: to receive as return for effort and especially for work done or services rendered So I'd say that bounties can be earned, even if given after the fact. If someone gives a particularly exceptional answer to my work, and I place a bounty on it with the intent to give to that person, then as far as I'm concerned they earned it, even though they were willing to do that much work with little remuneration. But perhaps you are trying to draw a much finer distinction than I understand. When I do work for a client, I have earned payment that they give to me because I did the work. –  Adam Davis Jan 22 '11 at 3:24
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@JamesM Of the many definitions of give, one is to yield possession of by way of exchange; sell perhaps you are thinking of give in terms of to make a present of So the question you pose above is merely semantics. It is not grammatically incorrect, nor does it pose an illogical problem, given the definitions of the words used. However, it could be interpreted as being illogical if one chooses to use alternate definitions for the words used. –  Adam Davis Jan 22 '11 at 3:28
    
@Pollyanna: I suspect he's getting caught up on the "never given" portion - while you may certainly earn a bounty, it must be given (well, sorta; there's still the whole "auto-award" feature to make this just that much more complex, but...) –  Shogging through the snow Jan 22 '11 at 3:33
    
Humm, @Pollyanna : okay I understand. lol you have the reputation to do so, thats like a rich man giving a little to the poor. :) Some people are too busy programming, to be online helping 24/7 :( –  JamesM Jan 22 '11 at 3:35
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@JamesM Well, honestly, I'm the last person to be talking about earning reputation: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/42501/… –  Adam Davis Jan 22 '11 at 3:46

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