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Rewarding old answers with bounties

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 ...
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Why was this bounty awarded this way?

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 ...
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Why was the bounty awarded to the third most popular answer?

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 ...
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Why was the bounty awarded to the third most popular answer?

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 ...
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Why was this bounty awarded this way?

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 ...
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Witty, clever & funny: let's collect the bounty's messages!

Reminiscents from Arabian Nights Thomas Markov offered 100 Rep Points on the question How many creatures fit on a Carpet of Flying during combat? and disrupted our childhood memories: Sorry Aladdin. ...
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I would like an update for this old question: Should I use a bounty or a new question?

Bounty seems right, here. "Current answers are outdated" is a standard bounty reason, followed by the description "the current answer(s) are out-of-date and require revision given ...
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How to reward an answer that isn't my accepted answer

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 ...
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Why was the bounty awarded to the third most popular answer?

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 ...
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Getting a straight answer from questions filled with frame challenges

It's all about the original question, the querent's goals, and the community's additions This is really a tough question because the question was fairly clear in it's request: Wants a BBEG for level ...
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Witty, clever & funny: let's collect the bounty's messages!

Precious spices from the East India Company After a long journey in the mystic lands of India, Thomas Markov brought me some spice for an answer to Does every magic rod, wand, crystal, orb, and staff ...
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Should I award my bounty if the best answer is not that good?

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 ...
doppelgreener's user avatar
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Can we bounty things on meta?

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 ...
SevenSidedDie's user avatar
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Asking a potentially problematic follow-up question vs. unaccepting an answer

Unaccept the answer and offer the bounty. It isn't rude. It's the site functioning as intended - you've decided there is potential for better answers, so unaccepting the current answer "opens up&...
Thomas Markov's user avatar
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At what point can an answer be considered outdated

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 ...
doppelgreener's user avatar
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Can we bounty things on meta?

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 ...
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Witty, clever & funny: let's collect the bounty's messages!

Rather than sit and laugh at my own jokes, I'd like to put forward two posts I gave bounties to because I thought they were tremendously funny. "I wanty the game" From the early days of the ...
Thomas Markov's user avatar
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What is a Community-awarded bounty supposed to motivate?

The laudable behavior is unknowable. Because the user who started the bounty has deleted their account without ever telling you why they awarded the bounty. So the bounty exists and you got it. And ...
nitsua60's user avatar
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Witty, clever & funny: let's collect the bounty's messages!

I very fondly remember this one from when I asked a question, then delved in to dig through all the books myself after I had gotten a few rather... opinionated answer to a very delicate question about ...
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Witty, clever & funny: let's collect the bounty's messages!

Honoring the limited verbal skills of Hobgoblins GROODY MAKE GOOD ANSWER. GIVE GROODY 200 LEGS OF DEER FOR MAGLUBIYET'S BLOOD FEAST. For Does the Wristpocket spell allow a bead from the Chronurgy ...
Nobody the Hobgoblin's user avatar
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Why are featured questions not actually featured?

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 ...
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Can we bounty things on meta?

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
nitsua60's user avatar
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One featured question or none? Make up your mind!

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 ...
doppelgreener's user avatar
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Tell us more about those repercussions of bounties that aren't mentioned anywhere

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 ...
Please stop being evil's user avatar
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Getting a straight answer from questions filled with frame challenges

It's really hard Getting a straight answer to a question that expresses a minority viewpoint can be extremely difficult on this site. Here's what I do: Accept you are going to lose ~50 rep on this ...
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