I just went over to the Featured tab and clicked a question I thought I could answer, to see this:

One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty.

Guess I'm not going to get that bounty.

If I understand correctly, the purpose of the Featured page is to highlight questions so that they are more likely to be answered, which is what the bountier is "paying for". In this case, however, none of that is needed. This subset of bounties should be removed from the Featured tab so the focus can go to the ones that need it.

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    No objections. Might also encourage people to award those bounties sooner, since their questions wouldn't get extra attention for offering one
    – Zelda
    Commented Jun 27, 2012 at 22:47
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    SO has 309 open bounties right now. This seems like an easy way to filter a few out.
    – Dennis
    Commented Jun 28, 2012 at 2:05

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Just because it's a "reward existing answer" bounty doesn't necessarily mean that you can't answer the question. In my opinion, it just raises the standards. They've already indicated that one of the answers there meets the standards they see fit for the answer to be considered "exemplary." So, if you have the means to provide a better, more comprehensive answer than exists, it would only make sense that your answer would be awarded the bounty, or possibly that they'd start another bounty. If that's not the case, then I honestly believe they're using the bounty reason incorrectly.

This also opens the door for reputation transfers. Users could use this bounty reason to silently pass reputation to others without the question appearing anywhere as a special case, only making it harder to detect users who are abusing the system.

  • I agree it's possible. Is it likely? Does it serve a useful purpose? Would it not be misleading? As for abuse, that seems like a perfect case for automated checks. On SO at least I think there are so many bounties that it's not that hard to hide amongst them anyways. Another thought, are there any cases where "passing reputation to others" is bad when there isn't something else bad (sock puppeting, voting rings, etc.) going on?
    – user154510
    Commented Jun 27, 2012 at 22:36
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    The bounty reason itself is already sketchy enough, we don't need to encourage its misuse by hiding them from the featured tab.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Jun 28, 2012 at 2:08
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    How is it sketchy? Are there actual instances of abuse?
    – user154510
    Commented Jun 28, 2012 at 5:24

I'll go with a different approach.

Add option to filter the bountied questions based on the bounty type/reason:

bountied questions with filter

This way they're all still there, but you can also filter based on what you prefer to see.


A bounty draws attention to a post. It can be used to draw attention to a question that has not received the attention it deserves, or it can be used to draw attention to an answer that has not received the attention it deserves.

If I award a bounty to an existing answer, part of what I am paying for is for the answer to get featured for seven days so that everyone else can see the awesome answer. If your request is implemented then such bounties would just be a silent gift from one user to another, in many cases defeating a large point of the bounty.

Thus, I do not think this should be implemented.

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    +1 because I agree with the idea but -1 because what you say is technically wrong: in the current system, nobody can know which answer you plan to give the bounty to. Commented Feb 16, 2020 at 16:50
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    @Shadow9 - If there's more than one answer it's often specified in the post notice which one is the intended recipient. Also, simply having the bounty does attract more attention to the question as a whole, including the answer.
    – Mithical
    Commented Feb 16, 2020 at 16:53
  • This answer adds nothing to the existing answer from @animuson, at best it tells us what we already know and rewords part of what was written almost 8 years ago.
    – Rob
    Commented Feb 16, 2020 at 16:57
  • @Rob My point is entirely different from Animuson’s. (I saw this question on the homepage and I did not realize it was from eight years ago. Even so I think my point still stands.)
    – Alex
    Commented Feb 16, 2020 at 17:01

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