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Bounties always draw attention to a question, it's just part of the bounty effect. They encourage new attention no matter what because it gets highlighted for a while. That means new answers, but it also means people voting to moderate those new answers. Bad new answers will get downvoted like usual, good ones will get upvoted. To answer your questions: It'...


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It was specifically awarded that way. I placed and awarded the bounty. I am going to preface this by saying I am not interested at all in debating any points about your (or any) answer, and am tempted to answer here simply by saying "because bounties may be awarded at the offerer's discretion with any or no justification" to avoid a round of "but but my ...


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In this rare case, we know the exact reason. That's because the bounty-offerer posted a meta about that bounty a few days back. Quoting the relevant portion: The third answer I find really great, and I wanted it to get some attention. (I think I recall in conversation with the user that it's the presentation and depth of analysis in the third answer ...


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Bounties are awarded by users, and not by some democratic process or measure of correctness. Bounties may be awarded for any reason, or no reason. The user may decide to award a bounty to an answer simply because it looks like the answerer spent a lot of time on it. They may decide to award a bounty an answer they feel has some particular insight despite ...


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Personally I'd like to see a way to edit bounty text, even if it's just for 5 mins a la comments, and for the page where you enter the bounty to 1) display a preview, and 2) to inform you about the doubling of bounty amounts.


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It was up to the Bounty creator If they didn't choose an answer, then it defaults to the highest voted. If they did, then that was their choice. There are times when selected bounties and answers are just what the bounty creator(or asker in some cases) wanted to read - but we have to trust that others looking can see beyond those cases. We don't ask ...


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Agreed: That this is useful to know and would ideally be mentioned somewhere discoverable. That a brief editable period for bounty text would be following the Principle of Least Surprise. Disagreed: That it should work differently otherwise. The asker of a question has only a tiny bit more authority over the question's answers and whether they're good or ...


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Awarding a bounty of the “reward existing answer” variety to another answer you like is a fine idea. You should be able to do so without fiddling the accept checkmark — I don’t believe starting a bounty is affected by the checkmark. (It only affects awarding, and only if you forget to award it before it expires.) You can award a bounty the day after you ...


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I awarded the bounty While I really think the awarded answer is great, and obviously a lot of time and effort went into it, I consider those the norm on this site, so I would not have spent 50 points just for this. The question lacks the optimization tag, but it is only relevant for those who care about being as effective as they can. What really ...


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Meta just doesn't have the bounty feature at all. (MSE is the exception.) The only canonical reason I have found is that There is no bounty system on per-site metas because per-site metas have no reputation system. … but of course one then wonders why can't main site reputation be sacrificed for a bounty on meta! The sense I get is that SE just doesn't ...


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I have a mix of suggestions for you in this scenario. Award the bounty to the answer most helpful to you or that you find most deserving. Ask a new question asking about resource expenditure during the confused state. Bounties actually get awarded automatically (at half value) after they expire if there's an answer eligible for the automatic award. You can ...


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This was a 50-rep bounty that was reduced by half due to not being awarded in time. When does a bounty expire? […] If you do not award the bounty within 24 hours of the bounty period ending, half the bounty value will be automatically awarded to the top voted answer posted after the bounty start, provided it has a score of at least 2. If no new ...


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I agree - I think there should be a link to FAQ for Stack Exchange sites, which is the master list of general how-does-it-work FAQs (the lazy man's version of documentation) in the standard part of our FAQ section. Even diamond mods can only edit the "What questions should I ask here" part however - the rest is off limits to us. Down at the bottom there's ...


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You can set the bounty whenever for whatever reason; they're highly personal things, like voting. We're not going to moderate it or tell you how to use it unless you're causing trouble which is unlikely. I say this to emphasize it's up to you, there's no correct behaviour here, and you won't get in trouble for doing something inappropriate. If you post a ...


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While bounties aren't really in line with the way meta works, I'm a big fan of showing appreciation for exceptional effort and I've been thinking I should do it more with exceptional meta participation as well. So here's a couple thoughts on how I might be able to do so: Meta's a bit more lax about comments than mainsite, so an appreciative comment is often ...


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First, realize that this is fundamentally the wrong place for this discussion–this is a network-wide feature, and RPG will not be getting special behavior. In fact, RPG—along with nearly the entire network—will almost-certainly be stuck with whatever behavior works best for Stack Overflow, because that is, by a massive margin, the most popular, active, and ...


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No. That's not a thing on meta--participation here is its own reward =) Here's the stack-wide answer on the topic: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/77687/311001


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A bounty can only go to one of the answers and its owner, so there's no way to give it to a helpful editor. I suppose you could persuade them to write their own answer, and then you would be able to. (If you don't awared the bounty, half its value will automatically be awarded to the top-voted positive-scored answer at the time that was posted during the ...


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For some context: I had a bounty on Which Dragon Magazine issue did this unusual rat-like race appear in? that the revision history says I awarded at 00:46:13Z (the "Z" means "UTC+0"). At the time, it was the last bounty active on the site. You posted this at 02:58:46Z. I'd say "caching" but 2 hours is a long time for caching on the featured tab.


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If you bounty a question, you used to be able to award it to an answer you posted (even a self-answer on a question you posted). You wouldn't get the rep from the bounty, but the added attention from the bounty could well get more rep than that from upvotes due to the question being featured. Furthermore, the blue "+ \d" notation would appear beside the ...


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