I noticed that if the OP of a question makes an edit to their question or comments under their question, then in the corresponding event in the timeline the OP's username is highlighted by a grey box around to it, presumably to distinguish it from events caused by users other than the OP. (A random example.)

However, if the OP starts a bounty on their question, then their username is not highlighted. I noticed this on the timeline to a question on Music Fans SE, but I presume this is the case everywhere:

timeline screenshot

Is there any reason why bounties started by the OP do not have a highlighted entry for the OP's username in the "BY" column in the timeline? I've tagged this as as well as , because I'm not sure whether this is an oversight or is as intended.

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TL;DR: no, I don't think the name of the OP should be highlighted for bounty events.

The highlight background for the post author is meant only for comments: it let us easily see who is the OP in a long comments thread.

The fact it was "imported" to the time line is a nice bonus, but it should be limited to comments, to make it persistent.

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    Perhaps it would be more accurate to say "is meant only for comments and edits"? On a side note, this is the first time I have seen the use of TL;DR on a post with only two other sentences :)
    – user313042
    May 24, 2020 at 11:36
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    I also don't understand what "it" is when you say "to make it persistent". What exactly is persisting here?
    – user313042
    May 24, 2020 at 11:39
  • @Brahadeesh no, when OP edits own post, there's no special background color, it just says "edited 2 hours ago", for example. So the different background for OP edit is also a bonus feature of the time line page. In "make it persistent" I mean persistent with the post view itself. May 24, 2020 at 12:55
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    I don't follow. I am not talking about the "edited 2 hours ago" on my post, but on the timeline event against "2 hours ago", where my username is indeed highlighted. Your brevity is not helpful - make what persistent with the post view?
    – user313042
    May 24, 2020 at 13:09

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