(these assumptions are based on StackOverflow.com)

Currently, a bounty may be placed on questions, if the question is (a) two days old and (b) some member has earned the bounty-privilege. After someone set a bounty on a question, it is not possible to increase a bounty for the questioning user.

User A asks a question. User B has a similar problem and adds a +50 bounty.
Now, User A would like to set an own bounty of +200, as the question has
become very important for him, but can't, as a bounty has already been set.

So, the idea is very simple: Allow the adding of bounties by different users or bounty pooling. If there are several users, who'd like a solution for a question, they can increase the already given bounty by an own bounty.

Example (with bounty pooling):
User A would like to make the question a +200 bounty question. As User B
already added a +50 bounty, he stocks up the bounty by adding a +150 Bounty
himself. User C also has the same problem and stocks up the bounty by another
+100, making it a high-value bounty of 300 reputation in total.

The bounties should be listed with the user below the question, so that the bounty-givers may be identified. By adding a bounty, the bounty-giver may give an own bounty deadline. The system would perform the regular process at the bounties deadline (give to solution or the answer with the most up-votes).

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    Would there be a maximum? I'm not a fan of a question having a 10000 rep bounty because it's popular – Michael Mrozek Aug 23 '11 at 14:57
  • as it says on the Bounty Page, only one bounty may be open at any time. I do not intend to change that. – Lars Aug 23 '11 at 15:01
  • I don't understand this then. The bounties should be listed separately and have separate deadlines, but there isn't more than one bounty open at a time? – Michael Mrozek Aug 23 '11 at 15:06
  • ah sorry, did not understand your comment correctly. There of course may be a cap either on the bounty itself (not more than +1000 in total) or in the number of bounties (not more than 5 at a time). – Lars Aug 23 '11 at 15:19
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    I deleted my answer because I reread your question. I think I had the lack of a cap stuck in my head. I do like this. – squillman Aug 23 '11 at 15:26
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    Please note that this has been discussed before – M. Tibbits Aug 23 '11 at 17:16

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