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.

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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 Wizard Wearing Mask 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 Wizard Wearing Mask Dec 27 '16 at 14:40

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