Can I put a bounty on a community wiki question? While I haven't found any information eliminating this possibility, I have also not found a confirmation answer. Given the special nature of CW questions, I'd like to make sure that bountifiability doesn't die with communitywikification.


Yes, whether or not the question is Community Wiki makes no difference to the bounty system.

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    So you can gain rep from "winning" a CW question? That almost seems a little bit of a contradiction. – TheTXI Jul 4 '09 at 15:40
  • Not really. There will only ever be 1 accepted answer. I think of it like accepting an answer is O(1) and voting an answer up is O(n). – Kyle Cronin Jul 4 '09 at 15:43
  • I have received an answered to one of my questions but in the meantime the answered got marked as CW. I would like to start and award a bounty, but I can't seem to be able to start a bounty, the button is missing. What am I doing wrong ? – George Profenza Jan 28 '11 at 12:31


Further to this, what happens when multiple users contribute to one post?

I assume it gets awarded to the person who originally posted the answer, which seems a little unfair if someone else contributes to the answer (which is hte idea of CWiki..), but splitting the bounty between contributors would be abuse-prone (people doing meaningless edits just before the bounty is awarded etc)

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    While it is a legitimate concern, I think that it's more theoretical than practical, as I have a hard time coming up with a time that this happened. Usually if someone is going to add a lot of content to a question, they add their own answer rather than editing another one. – Kyle Cronin Jul 4 '09 at 21:10

Do you even gain rep from an accepted answer of a Community Wiki question (I can't remember off the top of my head). If you can gain rep from a correct answer (which I want to say is not the case), then I would suspect you should be able to set a bounty...

But I do not believe that is true. I believe setting a rep on a bounty (if it were in fact possible) would be more like throwing away rep than anything else.

  • Yes, if you post an answer as CW and it's accepted, you get +15. Also, the bounty works as it should regardless of CW status. – Kyle Cronin Jul 4 '09 at 15:41
  • Interesting . – TheTXI Jul 4 '09 at 16:41
  • Huh. I thought CW meant that you would never get any rep from the answer; I guess I don't participate in CW questions often enough to have found out. – mmyers Jul 4 '09 at 22:50

It's happened. For example: this question

Yet the FAQ seems wrong on this point:

Of course, bounty awards, like all accepted answers, are immune to the daily reputation cap and community wiki mode.

  • That quote is correct: bounty awards and accepted answers are immune to community wiki mode, meaning that wiki has no effect at all on Rep earned in those two ways. – gnostradamus Jul 21 '09 at 17:26
  • Ah - I thought it meant that such posts were immune from being turned into community wiki mode. How about a change of wording then? – Draemon Jul 21 '09 at 21:38

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