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How about making it possible to set up bounty on someone else’s question?

Much like high rep users have the ability to edit questions. Give high rep users the ability to piggyback on a question and offer a bounty for the answer.

That way:

  • A question that, otherwise probably wouldn't get enough attention now has a much better chance of being answered with the right (or sufficiently better) answer.
  • Questions that are really worth answering but fall off into obscurity can be resurrected by the political boost (of both bounty offering and attention and from a reputable user).

Maybe you thought of a good question you'd really like an answer to, but someone else got their first (and creating a duplicate question adds to the problem) but that specific question is a question that would really scratch a personal curiosity itch.

I'm not sure what a high rep user editing a question currently does to help it (other than bringing it back to the forefront of fresh questions) but what if you could also throw down a bounty to up-the-ante on answers.

This would be win-win for both the original question-asker and the piggy-backer. It would also provide an opportunity to draw attention to bring about a better answer.

It would promote 'good behaviour' by encouraging high rep users to ressurect and improve already existing questions over creating new near-duplicate version of dead questions that needs answering.

[Optional] Badges related to piggybacking to encourage its practice

  • Charity A silver badge given when a user piggy backs on another user's question and offers a bounty to answer it. Resulting in an increase by 5 upvotes

  • Philanthropy A gold badge given when a user piggy backs on another user's question and offers a bounty to answer it. Resulting in an increase by 15 upvotes

This feature request was migrated from this question which is about to be removed for irrelevance.

marked as duplicate by Jon Seigel, Grace Note, Robert Cartaino Jun 14 '10 at 23:56

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    Ultra mega dupe – juan Jun 14 '10 at 23:32
  • meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1409/… is already [status-planned], without the strange restriction to 5k reputation (why should one need so much reputation just to say "I'd like to see this answered"?) – Grace Note Jun 14 '10 at 23:33
  • @Juan I'm beginning to suspect that there is only one Evan on this site after all ;) – Earlz Jun 14 '10 at 23:34
  • @Juan Manuel wow.... and I thought I was being original. Sorry about that. – Evan Plaice Jun 14 '10 at 23:42
  • @Earlz Ummm, I already have exponentially more rep than the other Evan – Evan Plaice Jun 14 '10 at 23:44
  • @Evan It's not particularly difficult to beat somebody who has a suspended account locked at 1 rep :) – Michael Mrozek Jun 15 '10 at 0:05
  • @Michael Mrozek I know... But I have to continually put up with the reference because I share the same first name. – Evan Plaice Jun 15 '10 at 0:25
  • @Juan Manuel Can I just delete this already? I didn't realize it was a dupe when I created it. – Evan Plaice Jun 15 '10 at 0:26
  • @Evan it is the general opinion that duplicates are good to keep. But if you really want it deleted then flag for a moderator attention. And be careful Evan C. has on his site a thing about people trying to steal his name. lol – Earlz Jun 15 '10 at 6:21
  • @Earlz I guess it's alright to keep it if someone sees some reason to merge anything over. I honestly narrowed down the idea from the other post I linked to thinking I had an original idea in the works. I should've searched harder. And... How's he gonna get me? He's seems to have landed himself on the SO admin s***list. If I get sick of the references I'll just change my handle to MrBobDobalina. ;) – Evan Plaice Jun 15 '10 at 8:04