Now that you can put a bounty on someone else question. It would be nice to be able to attach a comment to the bounty, to explain what you expect opening it. For me an important motivation of offering a bounty is that I would like some overlooked aspect of a question to be explored. It's easy to explain it in the question for your own questions, but on someone else question I feel it would be better to explain what you expect offering more exposure to a question.

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    I like this idea
    – Tom
    Aug 10, 2010 at 15:59

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This is now completed, you can add a custom bounty message at the end of the start bounty process:

custom message

see also: How should bounties be categorized?

  • Is there minimum length for the custom message, or some word filter? Apr 30, 2012 at 17:16
  • @waffles The problem is that while it allows markup, even 2500 characters, it strips carriage returns; so when you nicely format your comment and put a blank line between paragraphs it turns it into a wall of text.
    – Rob
    May 12, 2019 at 19:29

This is kind of obvious, but you could simply add a comment to the question.

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    When there is a lot of comments for a question, it's hard to spot someone comment.
    – HoLyVieR
    Aug 10, 2010 at 15:48
  • USE ALL UPPERCASE AND BOLD. There's nothing wrong with that, right :P
    – user27414
    Aug 10, 2010 at 15:49
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    You still need to click "add / show XXX more comments" in order to see that UPPERCASE BOLD text.
    – HoLyVieR
    Aug 10, 2010 at 15:53
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    @Holy - good point. You'll also need sockpuppet accounts to upvote your own comments.
    – user27414
    Aug 10, 2010 at 15:54

I disagree with this feature. The purpose of the bounty is explained in the faq.
Imagine that you have to explain why you asked a question or why you answered to a question.
If the one who gives the bounty choose to explain why, he can do it in the comments; no problem. But don't make that mandatory.

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    I don't think the OP wants this to be mandatory; it could just be an optional feature that would be extremely useful to a large minority of users. Though I agree that if it was mandatory, this would be not very useful. Aug 30, 2011 at 3:10
  • @templatetypedef As far as I like communication here, the bounty is a sensitive issue. Imagine somebody saying "I give the bounty because I want X", and somebody complies to that, even when X strays away from the original question. Aug 30, 2011 at 18:48

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