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I don't have a start a bounty link on stackoverflow. On both meta and superuser the link exists but not on SO (where I have enough reputation).

My user id is 3848.

This issue reproduces on multiple machines and in three different browsers (so it's probably not a client side issue).

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  • Do you already have a bounty started on a different question?
    – devinb
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 13:49
  • Nope, I had a bounty more than half a year ago but not since.
    – Motti
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 13:53
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    Is the question not old enough?
    – kennytm
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 13:59
  • I went to question #178634 which was asked on October 2008 and no link there either (stackoverflow.com/questions/178634)
    – Motti
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 14:04
  • That's funny, I see a bounty link on that question.
    – mmyers
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 14:13
  • I see the link, too. (But I haven't started a bounty on SO before) Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 14:29
  • @mmyers and @Tobias, I don't think this bug applies to all users that's why I specified my UID.
    – Motti
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 14:43
  • It's not a problem of reputation too, as Motti has more reputation than I do on Stack Overflow, but I am able to see the link.
    – apaderno
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 15:33

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Things that would prevent bounty link from showing:

  • you already have an active bounty on any question (only one is allowed)

  • you lack sufficient rep to start a bounty (100 is the minimum)

  • the question is not yet 2 days old (the minimum age)

When I log in as my test account with 178 rep -- our old pal Eggs McLaren -- I do see the 'start a bounty' link on that question, so I can't reproduce this.

I suspect you already have an active bounty in the system on someone else's questions?

edit: I see -- you started a bounty, then deleted the question you had the bounty on while the bounty was still active. It was this question. I cleared the bounty which deletes the bounty vote.

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  • Huh, so now bounties no longer block a question from being deleted or closed? That's interesting.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jun 24, 2010 at 0:28
  • @grace, I think you could delete them as long as it was your question
    – juan
    Commented Jun 24, 2010 at 0:30
  • Either block the deletion, or auto-clear the bounty...?
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Jun 24, 2010 at 0:31
  • Thanks for the prompt response, that solved things. Are you going to add a general solution to prevent this from happening again (as per @Jon's suggestions)
    – Motti
    Commented Jun 24, 2010 at 5:21
  • Thank you very much. My problem was "the question is not yet 2 days old (the minimum age)" :)
    – smhnaji
    Commented May 1, 2012 at 13:50
  • @Jeff, I think, now the sufficient reputation required is 75.
    – venkatvb
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 4:53
  • Something else I ran into ... a single user can only have three outstanding bounties at a given time. You have to award one of the bounties to offer another one. Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 0:48
  • My problem is "the question is not yet 2 days old (the minimum age)". I thought that I can only start a bounty on the first 2 day Commented Mar 20, 2023 at 3:21

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