I propose a badge for offering a bounty on a question and having that bounty expire with no answers submitted with the question receiving some minimum number of upvotes. Say, a minimum of 200 rep offered as the bounty, and say, 5 upvotes required after the bounty was offered. In the case of the questioner and bountier being different, perhaps they should both get the badge?

Edit: in response to suggestions in the comments, I suggest the badge should only be awarded if there are no bounty-eligible answers submitted; i.e., no disqualification of the badge for junk answers; only valid upvoted answers should invalidate this badge.

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    What positive behavior are you trying to reinforce with this badge?
    – user102937
    Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 22:08
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    @Robert: It lets users worry less before placing a bounty on an obscure question. Also, it has consoling effects, like Tumbleweed.
    – user157130
    Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 22:10
  • @RobertHarvey - offering significant bounties on questions that are hard to answer. Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 22:10
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    People will toss half-hearted answers at such questions in the hope of getting a couple of upvotes and winning the bounty; this will scuttle your shiny new badge (under your current rules).
    – user102937
    Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 22:12
  • @RobertHarvey: how is that different from the current situation with bounties? Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 22:29
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    @Paul: It isn't. But under the rules you've devised, a random answer will disqualify your badge. Perhaps you should amend your rules to say "No bounty-qualified answers submitted."
    – user102937
    Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 22:42
  • I would also suggest that manually awarding the bounty to an answer would also negate earning the badge.
    – M. Tibbits
    Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 0:49

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The issue you are trying to address here seems to be:

It is not fair, I just spent 500 hundred rep on a bounty and got pretty much nothing back. Well at least I have this shiny "Stumper" badge

I would argue that you are addressing a problem with a solution that does nothing to fix the underlying issue. If we need to adjust our bounty mechanism to compensate for such cases, so be it. However a badge to compensate for "stumping" others seems the wrong approach. It is as if you are rewarding people for posting "unanswerable" questions. "Unanswerable" questions are hugely problematic cause the long tail hitting them from Google are left with a real bad taste when they show up in search results.

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    and if you look at it from a gaming point of view, it comes very close to 'buying' your badge with 500 rep.
    – Benjol
    Commented Aug 24, 2011 at 4:49

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