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Questions tagged [bounty]

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?

What is a bounty? What is the "Featured" tab on the homepage? How can I search for questions that have a bounty attached? How do I start a bounty? When can I start a bounty? What is the minimum amount ...
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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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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 posted by Jon ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Changes to bounty rules: removal of double rep-retention, blocking of owner deletion

Adam Lear has been digging into the circumstances behind this feature request, and determined that the behavior described there is likely an oversight: it should not be possible for a bounty to remain ...
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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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Awarding a bounty to an editor

Bounties are always awarded to the original author of an answer. Occasionally, it would be nice to be able to award a bounty to someone who contributed an important part of the puzzle. An example I ...
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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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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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A user ragequit after bountying me all his rep, and I'm kind of creeped out by it

My aggressive tag editing has disturbed people before, but this is a new one. Last week, a 1.5k rep user created a horribly generic tag name, so I nuked it. There was a brief back-and-forth in the ...
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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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Do not implicitly award bounty to an answer that has been downvoted by the investor

Sometimes you start a bounty and, since the problem is difficult and people try to reach the bounty, there is higher probability than usual that you get very low quality answers. Sometimes these ...
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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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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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Notify me when a bounty is placed on one of my questions [duplicate]

Placing a bounty on a question changes its last activity timestamp and bumps it to the front page, the same as posting a new answer or editing the question or one of its answers. It would be nice to ...
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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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It's time to remove the bounty delay

A question is eligible for bounty 2 days after creation. Probably because New questions don't need to be bountied, since they already show up in the New tab and the Active tab and so on (and thus ...
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Allow high reward bounties to be longer bounties

Sometimes on some SE sites I'll see questions that have a lot of activity and views, but very few answers, and users will typically post high award bounties in hopes of attracting answers to the ...
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Give some love to the Bounty tool

The beautiful bounty tool allows me to specify up to 3,000 characters in my optional custom message at the end, so I laid out a beautifully formatted message with line-breaks... the full works. It ...
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What should you do when your exact question has already been asked, but badly?

Consider this suggested edit to this question. The question regards a particular error seen when attempting to embed youtube videos for iOS. At time of writing, there are no answers. The edit is a ...
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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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Can there be a notification for bounties started on questions you've asked or answered?

Can there be a a notification for those people that participated on the question in the past (either who asked or answered it) once it is made a bounty?
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Can we move “Start a bounty” to a more intuitive location?

Pweeeeeeeeeeze? (It makes no sense to me for this to be buried after the comments - It's an action on the Question.)
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Badge for bounties offered?

Would it be worth to to add a badge for offering a certain amount of rep over time (say 1000) towards bounties? It could be called the Sheriff badge. This sounds like a good idea to me now but I've ...
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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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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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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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What happens to your reputation if you start a bounty and don't get an answer? [duplicate]

What happens if you put a bounty but there's no answer? Do you lose your rep? To whom?
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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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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 excessive bounty hunting good etiquette?

I figured I'd confront this question directly, because it's been on my mind since I started answering questions on SO again as a recreation. I've been trying to increase my reputation on SO by ...
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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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Does the SE development team regularly check the bounty board?

Typically when I want to bring attention to an older bug or feature request, I place a bounty on it (example 1, example 2). But since the development team is probably the only ones who can provide an ...
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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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If it's too early to award a bounty, indicate so earlier

When I click on the Bounty icon to award it, I get asked Are you sure, and then I say I am sure, only to be told that it's too early. Just for kicks, here's the sequence in pictures: I see my bounty ...
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A grace period of one day to award the bounty after expiration (without remaining featured, of course)

Since this is not really intended behaviour apparently, I propose a period of 24 hours after the bounty has expired during which the question will not be on the featured tab but the promoter can still ...
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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-like feature on metas

Sometimes on a site's meta, I want to draw more attention to a question that has been sitting in the dark. Usually when this happens, I am even willing to offer my reputation as a bounty. But metas ...
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Lost reputation after answering my own question with bounty [duplicate]

Timeline: Asked a question, no (interesting) answers for two weeks Set bounty on it this morning Found the answer to my question two hours later. Answered my own question. Bounty reputation is ...
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Change the bounty description options so I don't sound like a tool

I just offered a bounty on one of my questions and selected "Draw attention to question" as the reason since it is the only one that applies; the question had low views and no answers (or votes). ...
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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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Notify me of updates on questions I put a bounty on

So far, from what I have seen, I don't get notified of new answers on a question on which I put a bounty. Normal in the existing system, because this is not my question, so the only way for now is to ...
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Award bounties at the end of the day

Somewhat related to: Should the rep recalc award accepted answer and bounty points at the end of the day While bounties themselves allow you to go over the daily rep limit, they will still affect ...
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Do not refund bounty on question deletion if reputation would be kept on an awarded answer

According to this post and its status-bydesign tag, if a question where someone offered and awarded a bounty is deleted, the bounty is refunded back to the bounty owner. In most cases, this isn't much ...