I just offered a bounty on one of my questions and selected "Draw attention to question" as the reason since it is the only one that applies; the question had low views and no answers (or votes). However, the description that is shown makes me sound like a pompous idiot.

This question has an open bounty worth +250 reputation from Matthew Read♦ ending in 7 days.

This is a very interesting question that has not received enough attention

It's honestly not that interesting and, regardless, I don't really want to make that claim on my own question. Can we make the wording more neutral here? Ideally, just the simple "This question has not received enough attention."

Other options: Something like "This question needs more or improved answers" or even "This question interests me and has not received enough attention."

Alternatively, let the optional custom reason override the default reason, rather than being appended beneath it. That way I could have specified that I just wanted a solution without looking like I'm infatuated with myself.

For future reference: If you want a truckload of upvotes and to have your problem addressed quickly, call yourself a tool. It works!

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    Gyah. Since when do bounties have reasons attached?
    – Pops
    Sep 20, 2011 at 20:15
  • Hey hey now, nobody called you pompous. But regardless of the content - 250 points! 250 - that's the interesting part, That's what gets 'em excited :) Sep 20, 2011 at 20:19
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    I'm tempted to retag this as [bug] on the grounds that it's a false positive by the SE engine's this-user-is-a-pompous-tool algorithm.
    – Pops
    Sep 20, 2011 at 20:21
  • By selecting that option, though, it seems you pre-agreed already, yes? The wording is vague, though. To me, "Draw attention to question" evokes fireworks or blinking HTML. Sep 20, 2011 at 20:22
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    @Popular See How should bounties be categorized? which got "Status completed" only 13 ours ago. It's not listed yet though.
    – NGLN
    Sep 20, 2011 at 20:31
  • @NGLN Thanks for the link! And waffles/M. Tibbit's answer even says to post a question if the list needs to be amended. Perfect.
    – user154510
    Sep 20, 2011 at 20:42
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    +1 Too late, though, you already sound like a tool. :D
    – squillman
    Sep 20, 2011 at 21:05
  • If the toolbox fits...
    – Pollyanna
    Sep 20, 2011 at 21:21
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    This is my fastest "Nice Question" ever. Calling yourself names really works!
    – user154510
    Sep 20, 2011 at 21:28
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    "This is an obscure, boring question that got no attention when it was originally posted, so I'm throwing a bone in the hopes of attracting a decent answer."
    – user102937
    Sep 20, 2011 at 21:31
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    @RobertHarvey Thanks for understanding my plight.
    – user154510
    Sep 20, 2011 at 21:48
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    @NGLN: Updated. Sep 20, 2011 at 22:46
  • Interesting - I thought "tool" was Australian English! Sep 21, 2011 at 3:15

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I just updated the text to:

This question has not received enough attention

Apologies for making you feel tool-like.

  • to be deployed today
    – waffles
    Sep 21, 2011 at 1:33

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