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I've run into the following scenario on Stack Overflow several times now:

  1. Person 1 asks a question that is unanswered, and remains unanswered or has an "unsatisfactory" or out of date answer.
  2. 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.

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    Typically you can just post a comment. The person who makes a bounty is highly likely to come back to it frequent.
    – user206222
    Jun 3 '13 at 23:50
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    Apparently @replies work: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/129232/… making this [status-completed] I'd say.
    – Bart
    Jun 3 '13 at 23:55
  • @KnightswhosayNi - that could work if there are not many comments. However, there is a limit to the number of comments displayed, which means that the new comment is "buried".
    – chue x
    Jun 3 '13 at 23:57
  • @Bart - so it is a hidden feature. Still, it would be nice if the auto-complete would show the name of the person who offered the bounty.
    – chue x
    Jun 4 '13 at 0:07
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    @chuex auto-complete is not designed to pick up names unless they are in comments. @ comments work with the editor of a post as well, but you have to manually type the name Jun 4 '13 at 0:12
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    I can confirm that @Replies do in fact work with bounties that I have not commented on. I've done it here on meta several times, as well as it being done to me. Jun 4 '13 at 1:18
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    @Bart - please add your comment as an answer. I'll accept it.
    – chue x
    Jun 4 '13 at 3:17
  • @All - thanks for your time.
    – chue x
    Jun 4 '13 at 3:18
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You already can leave such comments, as was confirmed in this question. Just use the standard @reply format to notify the user offering the bounty.

You won't get the username auto-complete option if the username doesn't also appear within the comments. But other than that it should work just fine.

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