Several times now I've really, really wanted to edit a bounty notice now for moderation purposes.
Today a bounty was flagged for using excessive emoji. The bounty was already well under way, and had attracted an answer that must've taken some work, so removing the bounty would be unfair to the answer-er competing for a 250 point bounty. We can't guarantee that the bounty would be re-posted by the OP if we removed it, after all, and the OP would have to post a doubled bounty.
And indeed, out of 1600 characters, 1026 where emoji and extra newlines. That's a full kilobyte of noise, for an otherwise good bounty. I ended up removing the post notice, keeping the bounty in place. That's not a good outcome either as now we have a bountied post with no visible indication on it what the bounty value is or when it will expire!
I'd love to see bounty notices being treated like comments are:
- Time limited editing for regular users.
- Unlimited editing for site moderators (and CMs).
- Editing history available for inspection by site moderators.
That way moderators can handle bounty message abuse in ways fairer to those that have already posted answers.