A few days ago, I asked a question and quickly received an answer...

What setting will convince Windows menus to appear to the right, instead of left?

Because the answer was received quickly, I never got the chance to offer a bounty - but I'd still like to award a small bounty. OK, I don't need to promote the question because I already got the answer, but I'd still like to reward the guy for saving my sanity.

Is this possible?

2 Answers 2


You need to wait 2 days or so for the bounty option to become available. There should be a tiny message below your question stating when this option will be available.

Here's where the message appears for one of my questions:

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At the same location, the message telling you when your question is old enough should also be visible.

As the bounty is offered quite publicly, you should add a comment to your question stating that it's not about attracting additional answers, but to reward the user that posted the answer already.

  • I've tried the unaccept-and-reload and there's still no message - there was one when I asked the question yesterday, but not now. Do I leave the answer unaccepted for a while to see what happens, or ???
    – user31438
    Commented Oct 16, 2011 at 20:23
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    @Steve314 You asked the question 45hrs ago. You can offer a bounty after 48hrs. That might be the issue. Wait ~3hrs, then the link should appear.
    – slhck
    Commented Oct 16, 2011 at 20:34
  • @slhck There should be a message indicating when that option will become available. I remember seeing that for a question I recently asked.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Oct 16, 2011 at 20:59
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    Interesting. Stack Overflow shows "you can offer a bounty in x days/x hours" right from the time you posted the question
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 5:00
  • @Sathya Wouldn't make sense to wait as it's only 2 days, and interest in getting a solution is probably greatest when posted. This probably helps in reducing "I want to set a bounty because I need to know NOW!" flags and Meta posts.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 7:10

Yes, you can. Just wait till the two days are over and a start a bounty link will appear under the question.

An accept mark does not have an effect on the abilitiy to give a bounty...

  • Confirmed by checking an older already-accepted answer - thanks.
    – user31438
    Commented Oct 16, 2011 at 20:46

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