I've run into the following scenario on Stack Overflow several times now:
- Person 1 asks a question that is unanswered, and remains unanswered or has an "unsatisfactory" or out of date answer.
- Person 2 offers a bounty on Person 1's question. Person 2's bounty comment is unclear. By "bounty comment" I am referring to the bit of text that appears under the bounty notice.
It seems that offering a bounty on a question does not count as "participation" in the question. Of course this assumes that Person 2 has not otherwise commented/ posted on the question.
In the above scenario, there is no way to post a comment and direct it at the person who offered the bounty (Person 2). In other words, if I click in the comment box under the question and type "@Person", then there is no "@Person2" popup - this to me means that I cannot ask Person 2 for clarification on the bounty.
I have read the following post and my scenario above does not seem to be covered: How do comment @replies work?
Question: Am I correct that there's no way to ask for clarification from the person who offered the bounty? If not, can this be added as a feature?
Here is a sample post on SO where Person 2 has offered a bounty, but has not otherwise participated: MongoDB/NoSQL: Keeping Document Change History
Note - the above SO post might not be the best example because I originally had a question for the person who offered the bounty, but no longer do. But as I mentioned originally, I've run into other questions where I've wanted to do so.