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I found a fantastic answer that saved me tons of time. Really, we are talking a lot of time and effort.
So naturally I wanted to do more than just upvote it. I thought, "sweet, they changed the bounty system a while back to allow me to "tip" a user who really helped me out".
I made a bounty of 100 on the question then tried to award it to the answer. I was then told I had to wait 24 hours...
Why do I have to wait 24 hours? Now it looks as if I am looking for better answers. I am not, I just want to tip a great answer.
I would like to suggest that if the question is old, that the bounty time limit be removed.
Something like: if the question is more than X days old and there are no new answers for X days (or some such thing). That will allow for tips to be directly applied, but also protect trigger happy new askers from accepting the first answer that gets applied to their new bounty question.