What is the rationale for not allowing to post a bounty on my own question right away? If my question is urgent enough for me to offer a bounty, why do I have to waste two days waiting?


I'm not asking about how to get the answer sooner. I'm asking why can't I offer a bounty sooner.

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    If your question is that urgent, have you considered hiring a professional instead of relying on a bunch of volunteers on the internet?
    – yannis
    Apr 12 '13 at 18:42
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    "waste two days waiting"? Why not spend two days researching your issue if it's that important?
    – Mat
    Apr 12 '13 at 18:44
  • @Yannis how does that not apply to expecting to ever get any answer from SO? We're not a service optimized for free answers in two days.
    – djechlin
    Apr 12 '13 at 18:45
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    @Yannis - I would consider this as well. However, this is out of scope for my question here. I just want to know why the decision for 2 days delay was made.
    – PM 77-1
    Apr 12 '13 at 18:45
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    Agree, various somewhat snarky suggestions for the OP to work harder, research more, hire a consultant, and so forth are honestly not even germane to this question. And I know these suggestions are snarky, because if they were actual answers to the question, you all would just post them as answers, not comments.
    – djechlin
    Apr 12 '13 at 18:46
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    Also, I continue to be annoyed that it's impossible to ask for the rationale for something on meta without it being presumed that the OP wants to get rid of it.
    – djechlin
    Apr 12 '13 at 18:48
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    Upvoted, and marked as duplicate. This is a reasonable question, and deserves a reasonable response.
    – user206222
    Apr 12 '13 at 18:49
  • I can't say that this is the rationale, but we would have to allow closing bountied questions if the bounty could be started immediately.
    – jscs
    Apr 12 '13 at 18:52
  • @Telthien - Yes, it seems to be a duplicate. I was not pointed towards the question that Yannis provided a link to while typing this one.
    – PM 77-1
    Apr 12 '13 at 18:54
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    @ryan While George covers some philosophical aspects of this requirement, Marc also brings up valid points. I think the same reasoning still applies today.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Apr 12 '13 at 20:09
  • Question for more experienced metas. I have what I believe to be an interesting and valid idea on how to give the OPs (of both this and the post it's a dupe of) what they're looking for while also handling all of the various concerns raised. I've written it as an answer to the original question... where it's multiple screens down, with no votes, and seems unlikely to be seen by much of anyone. What further should I do (if anything)?
    – Ben Barden
    Apr 12 '13 at 21:42
  • @BenBarden: post it as a feature request rather than an answer to a discussion. Link back here & to the other question for context.
    – Mat
    Apr 13 '13 at 10:32