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Minimum bounty on a question is now 100 rep?

Why is 50 reputation not even an option in the bounty dialog for my question?

The FAQ states that...

Slice off anywhere from +50 to +500 of your own hard-earned reputation and attach it to any question as a bounty.

screenshot of the bounty dialog

  • Is it your own question? Do you have an answer on this question already?
    – Oded
    Feb 1, 2012 at 14:39
  • Yes, it is my own question. No, there are no answers yet.
    – Kimi
    Feb 1, 2012 at 14:41
  • I was able to do it, the reason must be what Matt says.
    – Bastardo
    Feb 1, 2012 at 14:51
  • @RoboLover: You added the bounty as I was adding one myself as well :).
    – Matt
    Feb 1, 2012 at 14:52
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    @Matt :) And that is a great honour for me Matt, illuminating answer by the way.
    – Bastardo
    Feb 1, 2012 at 14:56
  • Note, too, that the minimum bounty amount doubles each time you offer a bounty on the same question. Feb 1, 2012 at 19:17
  • Why was the bug tag removed? waffles has stated that deleted answers should be excluded. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/64824/…
    – Kimi
    Feb 2, 2012 at 6:19
  • @Kimi: If you add @NickCraver to your message, he'll get pinged and might add a comment why the bug tag was removed :).
    – Matt
    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:18
  • @ Matt: ah, thanks :) Well, you heard me now @NickCraver !
    – Kimi
    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:31

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The minimum amount you can offer for a bounty on a question you have answered is 100. This was added as a small reputation hack was discovered.

However, because the answer you posted has been deleted (and because waffles commented and said "I think I exclude deleted stuff"), I imagine this is a bug.

However (however), in the event of this bug being fixed (allowing you to add a bounty to questions which has a deleted answer of yours in it), the loop hole would be renabled (in the form of deleting answer, adding bounty, undeleting answer). But it's also not fair that you can't add a bounty to your question in this instance.

Indeed, I fail to see what the difference is between adding a bounty to a question which you've got a zero-voted answer on (which you can't do), to adding a bounty to a question and then adding an answer to it (which you can)...

  • Thank you for a great answer. Has this been documented somewhere else than on waffles' answer on that question you linked?
    – Kimi
    Feb 1, 2012 at 14:58
  • @Kimi: Not that I know of :(.
    – Matt
    Feb 1, 2012 at 15:01
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    "Indeed, I fail to see what the difference is between adding a bounty to question which you've got a zero-voted answer on (and deleted), to adding a bounty to a question and then adding an answer to it..." This. It doesn't feel like it's working as intended.
    – Kimi
    Feb 2, 2012 at 6:18
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    What Kimi said! So far the only answer my question has got is the "poor man's approach" answer I posted. So I don't see why I need to spend twice as much reputation to drive some interest, when I just trying to be helpful. (Ref: stackoverflow.com/questions/10989848/… ) All this rule means is that in future I'll hold on to any self-answers I have just in case I want to use a bounty on the question in future. Everyone loses? Jun 15, 2012 at 10:45

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