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When I click on the Bounty icon to award it, I get asked Are you sure, and then I say I am sure, only to be told that it's too early.


Just for kicks, here's the sequence in pictures:

  1. I see my bounty is still outstanding and that I have a great, spot-on, bounty-worthy answer:

    I see the bounty is not rewarded yet.

  2. I decide that I don't want to to forget to award this bounty to a deserving user:

    I see the scary warning.

  3. I see that I need to hold that thought for another two hours:

    I see that I have to wait 2 more hours.

What's worse, is that I did the same thing 3 hours ago. The only way I know that I can't award the bounty yet is to try (and fail) to award it. (I guess I could notice on step #1 that the bounty doesn't end for another 6 days and infer that I still need to wait until it ticks over to 5 days. But I wouldn't want to call that solution intuitive.)

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this is a fairly annoying change, I agree with it but it would take me a bit to shuffle the code around –  waffles Sep 21 '11 at 2:06
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A similar annoying thing is the "are you sure you want to vote to delete?" - "you already voted on this question!" sequence. –  Paŭlo Ebermann Sep 21 '11 at 10:22
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I understand the request, but it's a lot of work to fix "I have to click twice instead of once", and we're only talking about the period for 24 hours immediately after the bounty is started. –  Jeff Atwood Jan 24 '12 at 18:41

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The simplest solution is to make the link grayed out with hover text that explains the bounty has not aged past the waiting period. A slightly more sophisticated solution would involve a countdown timer and a link to the appropriate FAQ. But I'd be happy with the text of the dialog box be replaced with You may award your bounty in 6 hours. No need to scare the user until the threat has some teeth.

(It's a really bad dialog box text anyway. Since the action is irrevocable the box is needed, but the "THIS ACTION CANNOT BE UNDONE!" is obnoxious and too scary. Most people don't read the text of a dialog box anyway.)

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Probably best to have a message viewable to the bounty-setter only under the bounty notice: "You can award the bounty in X hours/days" and completely get rid of the "+XXX" buttons next to the posts until those buttons are usable.

Don't gray them out - just get rid of them until they actually do something.

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I don't know -- I favor showing them, then explaining what is going on when you click them. Things that are just magically gone, don't explain much. The OP's request is basically that there is exactly one too many clicks before the explaining happens, which I think is a bit of a trivial complaint. –  Jeff Atwood Jan 24 '12 at 18:39

Maybe, it could be better to disable the icon when it's too early to be awarded.

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I doubt that: it's a nice way to get to learn the hidden features, even when it's too early. Also, that might get new questions like "why is the option greyed out"? –  Arjan Feb 11 '11 at 10:14

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