When you have only 1 bounty, the bounty shows up as

1 bounties

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Am I interpreting it right? As in I have participated in 1 bounty? Or is this a grammar error? Please explain.

Sorry Jeff, don't kill me with your 'S'

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    To repeat 'who cares?' – user289879 Jul 18 '15 at 12:16
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    @santiago I care because I can't stand to see it – Universal Electricity Jul 18 '15 at 12:17
  • May be you should reword the question and ask it differently e.g. how should one read/interpret the "1" displayed in blue background next to "bounties"... I think that may help you to reverse the downvotes. And, I did not DV you as I see some users would read it like what you said. – HackerKarma Jul 18 '15 at 14:46
  • +1 That's a good rewording except some DV's may not like the WARNING part... BTW, where can I find the post/info about Jeff's "don't kill me with your 'S'" – HackerKarma Jul 18 '15 at 15:17
  • @HackerKarma Here you go! – Universal Electricity Jul 18 '15 at 15:19
  • Link is broken... shows me blank page – HackerKarma Jul 18 '15 at 15:21
  • @HackerKarma Its Jeff Atwood's twitter, it shouldn't be blank – Universal Electricity Jul 18 '15 at 15:23
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    I see your edited the comment... it's working now. Thanks. BTW, I just did a search on the "bludgeon" keyword and found the Jeff's post where he talks about the tweet: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/9662/… – HackerKarma Jul 18 '15 at 15:26
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    Thanks for the removing "WARNING" statement... now lets hope all those downvoters come back and reverse their votes. We're all learning here. I wonder if they get any sort of notifications for the update made on the post – HackerKarma Jul 18 '15 at 15:29
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    Downvote converted to upvote. More-so because you changed "bug" to "discussion", and I disagreed with it being a bug or problem. As a discussion, I have no problems you asking such things :) The wording was a little "abrupt" too, uppercase makes you seem shouty/angry ;) – James Jul 18 '15 at 15:34
  • @UnicornsAreVeryVeryYummy Hey, its working... DVs are now turning into UPs. Now your question is turning into a nice discussion. Already 3 answers with a different views and could possibly more.... – HackerKarma Jul 18 '15 at 16:13

Am I interpreting it right? As in I have participated in 1 bounty? Or is this a grammar error?

In that specific area, it states "[1] bounties" and not "[1] bounty" because the word "bounties" is a fixed name to identify the profile area you can go to which is all about "bounties".
And the [1] is just a system indication of the number of "bounties" you currently have active for that area of your profile, and the two are separate and do not form a readable sentence or word pair.


The "bounties" area has "[1] active" item in it.

In the same way that all of the other tabs in that area are plural:

summary | answers | questions | tags | badges | favorites | bounties | reputation | all actions | responses | votes

(Apart from "reputation" but that is obviously correct as a singular entity.)

When I have a single (1) response, it still shows:

[1] responses

Because the "responses" area has "1 active item".

That said

I don't think it matters because the two do not form a sentence and aren't technically supposed to form a readable pair.
But I can see why users (including yourself) would read it like that.

I don't think it's worth changing at all, as per my above answer details, but if there was to be a change, the simple solution would be to put the number after the word.

bounties [1]
bounties [3]

But given the system has been like that for donkey's years I don't think it's a worthwhile change, users are familiar with the count being before the word.

  • +1 for the details and covering many aspects. – HackerKarma Jul 18 '15 at 14:42

That is a tab in your Activity page isn't it?

That tab is supposed to be read as "bounties" forever until some future change pops up. The number just shows you how many bounties you have. When reading that, most people think of: How many bounties do this user have? Hence reasoning and logic for the plural noun.

Anyways, it literally says:

1 active bounty for 50 reputation.

  • But when it shows 1 in bracket it should know that it is singular.. – anshabhi Jul 18 '15 at 12:25
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    The 1 in the blue square is right next to the name of the tab, which can't be changed until approved. – Anthony Pham Jul 18 '15 at 12:26
  • Blue background highlight is very important otherwise the meaning gets changed – HackerKarma Jul 18 '15 at 14:33

Also, if you notice, the bounties tooltip message says:

bounties this user has participated in

alternatively it can be read as:

number of bounties this user has participated in

So in this case, it becomes like:

number of bounties this user has participated in: 1

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