We had a question on Programmers Meta about a user not seeing the "start a bounty" link on their post. It turned out that there was a bounty on it earlier and the 24-hour grace period on awarding the bounty hasn't expired yet.

The user did check the FAQ and found that the relevant section doesn't mention the wait period.

Since that part of the FAQ is the same for all Stack Exchange sites, I'm posting this here as a feature request. The FAQ should be updated to include this information:

There are a few other rules around bounties:

  • [...]
  • Once a bounty expires, a new bounty cannot be started for 24 hours after the bounty period ended to allow for automatic bounty calculations on the original bounty.
  • I don't think this is necessary; the question itself should have the info in that 24 hour period in the banner slot at the bottom. Aug 14, 2011 at 21:54
  • @Jeff The banner just says that the question had a bounty. It reads more like a statement of fact and doesn't make it clear that a new bounty cannot be started for another X hours. There's a link to the bounty section in the FAQ on that banner, though, so I think amending the FAQ would help.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Aug 14, 2011 at 22:00
  • we can improve the existing text; anything else feels like a micro-optimization for one confused user. Aug 14, 2011 at 22:06
  • @Jeff I'm not sure if it's easier to tweak the FAQ or the banner, but I think either would work. Thanks.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Aug 14, 2011 at 22:07
  • 2
    I prefer to adjust the "just in time" / "all up in your grill" text rather than assuming people will click through to another document and read it. Aug 14, 2011 at 22:11
  • 1
    Man, I knew Jeff was from Cali, but I wasn't expecting to see him say "all up in your grill" any time soon.
    – Cody Gray
    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:07

1 Answer 1


We changed the copy at the bottom of the bountied question to read, during the 24 hour grace period after the bounty ends, as follows:

For users who do not own the question:

This question had a bounty worth [+50] reputation from Foo that ended 22 hours ago; the grace period ends in 2 hours.

For the owner of the question:

This question had a bounty worth [+50] reputation from Foo that ended 22 hours ago; you have 2 hours to award the bounty.

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