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A bounty is a way to get additional attention for a question by offering some of your own reputation for great answers.

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How does the bounty system work?

It's possible to offer and award bounties of reputation on questions. What is a bounty? How can I find questions that have a bounty attached? How do I start a bounty? When can I start a bounty? Why ...
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"Abusing" bounties for unlimited profit

Six days ago I put a +50 bounty on Why doesn't jQuery work in Chrome user scripts (Greasemonkey)? which wasn't asked by me, but to which I'd previously posted a pretty decent answer. Since then I'...
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How can we close questions with bounties?

I just encountered this question, which is very cute and funny and has nothing to do with programming. I tried voting to close, but was informed by the system that I can't do that when there's a ...
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Offering actual money as a bounty?

I have an idea for dealing with a question you badly want to be answered, which no one will answer, even after you've offered a large bounty: cash. Users can offer cash, and whoever has the accepted ...
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Is losing privileges after placing bounty OK?

My rep went over 2,000 today which meant I could edit other people's posts. Great! Then I added a bounty to a previous question, which brought me back down to 1,984...and I can no longer edit other ...
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A grace period of one day to award the bounty after expiration (without remaining featured, of course)

Since Can bounties be awarded after expiration? concluded that this is not intended behaviour, I propose a period of 24 hours after the bounty has expired during which the question will not be on the ...
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Accept Multiple Answers or Split Bounty among Several Users

Often more than one person contributes to the community coming up with the final accepted answer to a question. However, it is only possible to accept a single answer. Restricting to one final answer ...
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Why can't I just offer a bounty for a question right off the bat?

Sometimes at work I have an immediate need to get an answer for a question. I have 3,000 points at my disposal so I'd like to just put a bounty on the question as soon as I post it to give it the ...
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Allow bounty to be set with reputation from another site?

Here's one to get shot down: How about letting bounties to be set using the reputation gained through the use of another site? So, for instance, I'm a programmer with a high Stack Overflow rep who ...
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Can we have a way to edit bounty custom message?

I put up this bounty over on SO with the assumption that the text would be formatted like it is for a question or answer. I'm not really sure if I was incorrect in my assumption, or if I just ...
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Should the 24-hour timeout apply to bounties awarded for "exemplary answer"?

I was impressed by the effort that Ankur put into his answer to my question "Bringing items into China for a friend - what to expect at customs?", so I created a bounty so that I could award extra ...
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Clever bounty reputation hack

I say "hack" in the most favorable light. It's a clever idea and theoretically beneficial. I noticed that an old question of mine suddenly started getting a lot of renewed attention. The question had ...
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Stack Exchange doesn't allow me to answer protected questions because I gave away earned rep in bounties

I noticed that I can't answer protected questions. I don't want to actually, but it says: It was FAQ for Stack Exchange sites, but I also didn't have an ability to answer other protected ...
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Why can't a user have simultaneous bounties any more?

To celebrate the new bounty system, I was just preparing for a shopping spree - for example, I need a good YAML parser for a project I'm working on, and thought I'd add a bounty to this question from ...
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I just awarded myself a bounty

Something weird just happened, I awarded myself the bounty for Create a tag homepage/FAQ And now my wonderful 50 point bounty is totally gone, nowhere to see My expected behavio[u]r was: I started ...
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How about making it possible to set up bounty on someone else's question?

My sad story: few months ago I was looking for a solution to my problem and was about to ask a question on Stack Overflow when I found an already existing question with slightly different wording. ...
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Explicit "do not award bounty" button

Shouldn't there be a way to prevent automatic awarding of a bounty? For example, if someone provides an answer that sounds good but is totally wrong, it may happen that it gets a score of +2, but ...
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What Markdown formatting features are available for Bounty remarks?

According to the community FAQ, backticks and inline links are available for the bounty remark. What other formatting features of Markdown are also supported on Bounty remarks?
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Bug in textarea in bounty creation popup

I was attempting to create a bounty for a question over on Stack Overflow and ran into a rendering glitch on the last page. After entering a sentence that exceeds the length of a single line, the ...
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Add bounty remarks to a question's revision history

A question's revision history has shown bounty events for quite some time now. Since then, Stack Exchange has also added support for bounty remarks. I would like to request that bounty remarks be ...
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Why aren't bounties refunded if they are not awarded?

I have a question with a bounty that will expire in a few days. It looks like nobody will get the bounty; only one answer was posted during the bounty period, and it has no upvotes. In cases like ...
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Bounty Hunter badges

I suggest two new badges: Greedo - first bounty earned (bronze) Boba Fett - earned 2000 rep through bounty (silver) Imported from UserVoice ticket, "Bounty hunter badges", originally ...
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Bounty-like facility for rewarding excellent questions

Amongst the reasons for starting a bounty, one can select: Reward existing answer One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty. Why not enable one to reward ...
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Allow users to vote to close bountied questions

There was an an earlier meta-discussion about allowing moderators to skip the "bounty refund" step when closing a question that was declined, but I wanted to spin off waffles's comments into a ...
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How can I search for bounty questions?

Is there any possible way to search and list the bountied questions separately in SE?
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I want to award a bounty to an existing answer; should I have to wait 24 hours? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should the 24-hour timeout apply to bounties awarded for “exemplary answer”? I set an incentive bounty on Is there a way to automate harvesting cobblestone? (before the new ...
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Is bounty rep-dump gaming? (subtitle: Pollyanna lottery!)

So I really don't need all this rep, and figured a fun (and fast) way to get rid of excess rep would be to put 500 point bounties on questions that I haven't accepted an answer for and then ...
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Add bounty events to revision history

Could timestamps of bounty activity be added to a question's revision history? Or something that would show the bounty events for a question anyway? Obviously the revision entries would need to be ...
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Please do not auto select answers on bounty questions

Questions that offer bounty should NOT auto select the highest vote answer as the accepted answer. Currently after an answer has been auto-accepted, it can't even be unaccepted. This is not a desired ...
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Contribute to bounty?

Similar to "How about making it possible to set up bounty on someone else’s question?", but a little less extreme.. Basically, you could "top up" the points of another users bounty (up to the current ...
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Bounty not awarded after the end of the grace period?

The bounty to one of my answers wasn't awarded to me when in fact the user that asked the question accepted my answer 2 days before it ended. Why would this happen? The bounty help states that if the ...
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Line breaks/paragraphs for bounty text

According to What markdown formatting features are available for Bounty remarks? only "mini"-markdown is enabled for bounty text. I just posted a bounty over on Add an option to recall moved questions,...
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Are bounty placers notified of comments?

The rules governing @User comment replies are described at length, but don't address bounties. If I put a bounty on someone else's question, will I be notified of undirected comments? Can people ...
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How should bounties be categorized?

We are in the midst of round of improvements to the bounty system. We will be adding the facility for bounty remarks. We all agree that having this extra information is useful. The information will ...
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Raise bounty later?

I've asked a question on SO and set a bounty of 50 rep. on it. Would it be possible to permit me to raise this bounty, if I see that it doesn't get enough attention?
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Notify user when setting a bounty will revoke a privilege

For those who recently acquired privileges through reputation, it would be nice to be notified when starting a bounty which privilege will be revoked if any. Related: Is losing privileges after ...
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Comment on posts that you have an open bounty on, despite reputation

I think it would be very useful. I have a question that I have an open bounty on. Putting up said bounty brought my reputation below the point where I am allowed to comment on other peoples' posts. ...
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Ignore the rep change caused by placing bounties in the achievements reputation indicator

This idea was inspired by New Rep indicator stops when having negative score. Quick summary of that post: OP placed a bounty, decreasing rep by 500. After that, new rep increases were not shown by the ...
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Please give us the ability to sort "featured" tab by bounty amount

The "featured" tab currently lists questions with open bounties, sorted by the time left until the bounty expires. Could we also add the ability to sort by largest bounty? Sometimes I'm looking for ...
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Why can't I start a bounty?

On SO and Meta it will not let me start a bounty.... (Chrome dies here, but only sometimes) This last picture is where I get stuck. I press the "Start Bounty" button but nothing happens. I've tried ...
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Minimum bounty on a question is now 100 rep?

The first time I started a bounty I was able to choose 50, but every bounty since then the minimum is 100. I still see other bounties of only 50. Any idea of why I don't have the 50 option any more? ...
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Can the limit on simultaneous bounties be relaxed?

In order to avoid the system being overflown, a limit of one bounty per user at a time was imposed when the new bounty system was introduced, with the plan of looking at this again when some time has ...
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Does the Team actually pay special attention to Featured questions on Meta? [duplicate]

With the new ability to set bounties on any question, it's great on Stack Overflow for getting attention to everyone on someone else's question that interests you. Sometimes it doesn't yield results, ...
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Should bounty be returned if there is NO answer at all? [duplicate]

Should bounty be returned if there is NO answer at all? Or your contribution (to the bounty) only? This is similar to many questions like this one (which was a duplicate itself), but I am referring ...
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Bounty not awarded automatically — bug?

I think this question's revisions and timeline may reveal a bug in the bounty system. The timeline summary as I see it is: Question asked Mar 17 Answer added Mar 18 Question edited (extended) and ...
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What happens if there are no answers to a bounty question?

If you ask a question, and get no answers, so you then add a bounty, and still get no answers, what happens? Do you lose your points to the ether? Does the bounty get canceled?
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Can there be a notification for bounties started on questions you've asked or answered?

Can there be a notification for those people that participated in the question in the past (either who asked or answered it) once a bounty is started on it?
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How to search only unanswered questions with an open bounty ?

Is there a way to search only unanswered questions with an open bounty on StackOverflow ?
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How Does the Community User Set Bounties?

I decided on poking around some profiles and I hit the Community user. I knew that Community was a background process but then I noticed that it had set some bounties. What criteria does Community ...
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Unable to start a bounty using Opera Mini

I am unable to start a bounty using Opera Mini, despite the fact that pretty much all other JS/AJAX functions work. When I choose to start one, the mini-wizard appears, as it should, but I cannot ...
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