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The first time I started a bounty I was able to choose 50, but every bounty since then the minimum is 100. I still see other bounties of only 50. Any idea of why I don't have the 50 option any more? (This is across Stack Overflow and Programmers, at least.)

This is the latest answer I considered placing a bounty on How to populate a private container for unit test?

That particular question does have an answer from me.

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    I still see all the options from 50 - 500. – Bill the Lizard Jan 11 '12 at 18:38
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    The 100 minimum should only apply to the question you placed the 50 bounty on, as far as I know. – mmyers Jan 11 '12 at 18:38
  • @BilltheLizard, I know other's must still be getting because I am still seeing other 50 point bounties, but I have not seen it since I started my first bounty. – Ethan Furman Jan 11 '12 at 18:41
  • @mmyers yep since 9/20/2011. see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/59445/… – Some Helpful Commenter Jan 11 '12 at 18:42
  • @EthanFurman Oh, I didn't understand that you were placing another bounty on the same question (as mmyers pointed out). Check on a different question and you should see 50 as an option. – Bill the Lizard Jan 11 '12 at 18:43
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    @mmyers: That's what I understand, and yet I am not getting the 50 point option when I try to start a bounty on a question that I have never started a bounty on before. (Probably not relevant, but at least one of those question had not had any bounty applied before.) – Ethan Furman Jan 11 '12 at 18:43
  • @BilltheLizard: I am not placing multiple bounties on the same question, and I am not getting the 50 point option on new (to me) questions. – Ethan Furman Jan 11 '12 at 18:46
  • Can you link to the specific question? – Bill the Lizard Jan 11 '12 at 18:47
  • @BilltheLizard: Updated with link. – Ethan Furman Jan 11 '12 at 18:53
  • I am able to select 50 as bounty, for that question. – kiamlaluno Jan 11 '12 at 19:01
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From the Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange page:

2011-09-20: The minimum bounty on a question you have answered is now 100.

You are posting a bounty on a question you have already answered (even though you have not previously offered a bounty on that question), so this appears to be .

See Waffles' answer here for a more detailed explanation.

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    Hmmm -- so place the bounty and then answer... not sure that's saving a lot from the SO point-of-view. – Ethan Furman Jan 11 '12 at 19:04
  • @Ethan As you've discovered, not everyone does that. :) – razlebe Jan 11 '12 at 19:27

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