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Why can't I just offer a bounty for a question right off the bat?

I can understand not being allowed to issue a bounty immediately, but once in a while it feels like you just have to (deadlines, imminent loss of sanity, lack of interest in your subject, etc). If you feel like you have to present a bounty immediately, why not have an "expedited bounty" fee or fine of an additional 25 rep points (or half the rep points you're offering). That way most people will still wait the 2 days but if it's urgent you don't have to wait.

My apologies if this has been asked before (like here: Instant bounty question) but I figure the addition of a fee or fine makes the question unique (or at least I haven't seen it yet).

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    The Office...
    – Oded
    Aug 29 '12 at 19:30
  • Not necessarily lack of planning :P just getting stumped by an issue. Aug 29 '12 at 19:33
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    Patience is a virtue. And answers tend to come very quickly to a good question - no need for bounties. What makes you think that issuing a bounty immediately will give you more/better answers?
    – Oded
    Aug 29 '12 at 19:34
  • @Oded isn't that the point of bounties? more/better/faster. Aug 29 '12 at 19:35
  • Actually "faster" is not one of the bounty goals. Aug 29 '12 at 19:36
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    No, it isn't. It is to give your question more exposure. And if you want more/better/faster make sure you ask a good question with enough details etc... Yes, the bounty is an incentive as well - to give more answers and better ones than the others, but, frankly, the quality of answers without bounties is rather high already.
    – Oded
    Aug 29 '12 at 19:36
  • @Oded and the exposure is for what? :) To get more/better answers. Aug 29 '12 at 19:40
  • sorry i wrote my reply before you edited yours. Aug 29 '12 at 19:41
  • well if anyone can delete this question, you guys have made your point. Aug 29 '12 at 21:45


Stack Overflow does not have "fees" and such things.

If something is SO (pun intended) urgent, just go hire a programmer. :)

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    It does in a way. It costs you points to set up a bounty or downvote. Aug 29 '12 at 19:34
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    Yes but starting a fee system will cause influx of other requests, e.g. why not fee to force only high-rep members to answer? Why not fee to cast "super downvote"? It never ends. Aug 29 '12 at 19:35

I'm sorry, my friend, but limits like that protect the site against flooders, spammers and people that are just too lazy to search before asking (please note that I'm not saying this is your case).

  • that's fair enough, it's just that reputation is not "free" you have to earn it somehow. Anyhow, my question is getting hammered right now so clearly I'm in the wrong :). Aug 29 '12 at 19:54

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