The Philantropist hat says:

Award a bounty, to someone else, on the last day of hats

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While you can place a bounty on your own question, you cannot award a bounty to yourself. Why does the Philantropist explicitly mention this? Less is more, so I think it should be

Award a bounty on the last day of hats

or, to be more consistent with other date-based hats:

Award a bounty on January 8th

(unless, as Wrzlprmft notes, this hat works in another way than the other date-based hats)

  • At least the extra line prevents wining afterwards. – Patrick Hofman Dec 27 '16 at 8:26
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    +1 for Award a bounty on January 9th, -1 for dropping to someone else – janos Dec 27 '16 at 8:37
  • Though would it be on 8th or 9th? On the blog, it says: "Starting today through the end of the day on 8 January 2017". – Isuka Jan 5 '17 at 13:24

Because redundancy (i.e. sometimes "more is better") in language is often necessary for clarification.

Every day new users join, they might not know what a bounty is, but they will know that they cannot award it to themselves.


We used that wording because we're specifically making you award the bounty. You won't get the hat if the bounty is automatically awarded to a winning answer. You have to select a winner in order to get the hat.

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    But the addition to someone else doesn't make that any clearer, does it? – Glorfindel Dec 27 '16 at 12:08
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    I don't know about that @Glorfindel. I've read it and I think it's clear. – Taryn Dec 27 '16 at 12:21
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    Well, to me, it's definitely clear, it's just some extra ruse. To me, the current wording feels like if (i > 2 && i != 0) {. It's OK if you want to put a [status-declined] on this [feature-request]. I was only slightly irked by the current wording. – Glorfindel Dec 27 '16 at 12:23
  • Ok, I keep it in mind for next year's bashing @Glorfindel. But I don't think we'll change it this time round. – Taryn Dec 27 '16 at 12:23
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    You missed the point of the question. No big deal though. :) – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 27 '16 at 12:41
  • @ShadowWizard The question asked why it said it, I answered that. It's ok if you don't like my answer though. :) – Taryn Dec 27 '16 at 14:32
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    Wait, there's a bug in the answer... – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 27 '16 at 14:40

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