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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.

The ways to draw attention to a question are: offer a bounty (this is what they're designed for, with one exception1) publicize the question to people who might be able to answer, e.g. through … specific suggestion. What does voting rep for the asker of the question have to do with the current publicity level of the question? The bounty is already drawing more eyeballs which should draw …
answered Jan 8 '14 by Monica Cellio
The first count of daily votes in the answer's timeline is from a few months after the bounty was awarded, and before the first edit. At that time the question had one upvote, but there's no public … data about prior votes. To get the bounty the answer must have had a second upvote at the time. Because there were no earlier edits, users who upvoted wouldn't have been able to remove those votes …
answered Aug 13 '17 by Monica Cellio
exceptional, for good reasons. If you're still feeling grateful toward the answerer you wanted to award, you can start another bounty and be extra careful when awarding it. …
answered Nov 6 '14 by Monica Cellio
think of a reason to offer a bounty during a private beta: to reward an exemplary answer (one of the standard bounty reasons). While most bounties are there to attract new answers, don't forget that …
answered Oct 13 '13 by Monica Cellio
Bounties can't be moved (or retracted) once awarded, while acceptances can. Accepted an answer and a better one came along later? You can totally fix that. Awarded a bounty and then found out the … answer was wrong? Too bad for you, and misleading to future readers. Awarded a bounty and got a better answer? Well, you could start a second bounty... Now you could say "well, tough luck for the …
answered Nov 16 '17 by Monica Cellio
well I offered that bounty. One might argue that with the current implementation I get a pleasant surprise when I happen to visit my profile on those other sites, but if that were a goal we wouldn't …
answered Dec 16 '14 by Monica Cellio
Too much collateral damage. Lots of questions asked and answered in good faith end up getting closed -- a non-obvious duplicate gets discovered later or a site's scope shifts. (Maybe there are other …
answered Jun 10 '15 by Monica Cellio
The higher requirement is to prevent you from driving traffic (and thus potential votes) to your own answer. The idea is that a bounty should be a real expenditure, not something you can expect to … make a profit on. If you deleted an answer, you can undelete it. So without this limit, you could delete a good answer, post a 50-point bounty, undelete, and then collect upvotes. The SE engine …
answered Sep 27 '16 by Monica Cellio
I just confirmed this. I hit the rep cap today on Mi Yodeya, offered a bounty, and subsequently gained an upvote on a newly-asked question. My rep did not increase. So, offering a bounty does not … acceptances). This makes sense, as otherwise it would never make sense to offer a bounty of more than 200 because the rest would be rep-capped away. …
answered Dec 21 '14 by Monica Cellio
This answer provides links that explain how it works. To address the feeling that I think underlies your question: a bounty isn't a payment for an answer; it's a payment for advertising. If you pay … to run an ad and get no sales that doesn't mean the place you ran the ad owes you a refund; similarly, a bounty that produces no answers is a sunk cost. It's frustrating, I know; I've had bounties …
answered Dec 16 '18 by Monica Cellio
One of my communities has just had some grief over a case of this. A question had four close votes, the bounty-giver didn't know that a bounty would block close votes (and I think didn't notice them … anyway), several users raised flags asking for the question to be closed, a mod refunded the bounty and closed the question, and frustration ensued. We could say "tough noogies; the community should …
answered Nov 2 '17 by Monica Cellio
Unless another answer shows up that you consider worthy of the bounty, yes it will just disappear. You can't award a bounty to yourself and the reputation is paid up front regardless of whether the bounty is awarded. You can read more about how bounties work here. …
answered Dec 26 '12 by Monica Cellio
, Google+, your blog, anywhere else where you have readers who care about your SE site. 1 Here are a few issues that would need to be addressed: What does it even mean to give a bounty (= change … rep) on a child meta? What behavior will users expect? They would need to manage cross-site bounty tracking, including reversals. Right now bounties are given and earned on the same site and the …
answered May 25 '14 by Monica Cellio
If individuals want to draw attention to questions, they should place bounties. That's worked well on most SE sites, and since it only takes 75 rep to offer a bounty it's unlikely that there aren't … community better" you want there to be bounties. One way to manage that with tools already in place would be to start a meta post to collect nominations of bounty-worthy questions, and then encourage …
answered Mar 13 '15 by Monica Cellio
A manually-awarded bounty, like an answer acceptance, is the opinion of one person. A Community-awarded bounty isn't so much an opinion as a consequence of a couple people upvoting, which people do …
answered May 4 '18 by Monica Cellio

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