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I want to start a bounty on this question. It was asked more than two days ago, but I can't see the start bounty link.

Now, I'm at SO for quite a while and have sucesfully used the bounty system in the past, did anything relevant change about the process? Maybe I'm just being stupid and can't find the link but I used Ctrl+F bounty...

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Odd. I see "start a bounty," plain as day. Did you do a hard refresh? – Pops Feb 17 '11 at 21:43
Do you currently have a bounty on another question? If so, you cannot post a bounty on this one until the other one finishes. Note that if you can't visibly find one, if you ever had (under very rare circumstances) a live bounty deleted, then you'd be pretty much bounty-blocked until that zombie bounty is taken care of. – Grace Note Feb 17 '11 at 21:43
@Grace: No, no other bounty. – Johannes Rudolph Feb 17 '11 at 21:43
@Popular: Tried Internet Explorer (my default is chrome), and still no bounty link. – Johannes Rudolph Feb 17 '11 at 21:45
The answer to this post details every scenario in which you would not have access to a bounty (though it is old, as the bounty rep requirement is now only 75). So I'm inclined to believe you have an active, but deleted, bounty somewhere. There's not much other explanation to be found. – Grace Note Feb 17 '11 at 21:47
@Johannes Do you see the link on other questions? – Adam Davis Feb 17 '11 at 21:47
@Pollyanna: Tried…, no bounty. – Johannes Rudolph Feb 17 '11 at 21:48
The deleted bounty trick happened to me awhile ago.… Flag the question for moderator attention and they'll fix it for you. – Adam Davis Feb 17 '11 at 21:50
@Pollyanna As it were, your incident actually refreshed my memory of that scenario, so I had the link ready for this one. ♪ – Grace Note Feb 17 '11 at 21:51
Can also happen when a question is migrated if you have an active bounty on it. – Adam Davis Feb 17 '11 at 21:52
Seems the Bounty system is a bit fragile... Anyway, have flagged my question for Moderator Attention. – Johannes Rudolph Feb 17 '11 at 21:53
up vote 3 down vote accepted

There was somehow a bounty on a deleted post - fixed.

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That was almost over a year ago... :-) A lot has changed since then... Thank you very much for fixing the bounty! In the future, could we make the bounty system more robust with regards to deleted questions? – Johannes Rudolph Feb 18 '11 at 8:05

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