I just started a bounty on a question of mine, when I was asked for the reason why. Unfortunately none of the answers I could select were totally applicable. If I had the choice, I would have liked the option:

This question has not yet to received an answer which solves the original problem.

Instead I had to choose:

This question has not received enough attention.

Why is this? It's always been the reason I've started bounties - I have a problem that needs solving, and none of the answers have solved it.

  • Also, FWIW, it's kind of crumby that you still lose your bounty, even if no-one can answer your question for you, but I guess I understand why that is. Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 4:46
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    As an aside, you can add a custom message to expand on your reasons for adding the bounty to clarify your intentions.
    – nhinkle
    Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 5:10
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    Yep, I did that on the question I linked to, but just so you know: The clarifications are actually for what you want in return for your bounty, not to clarify why you created the bounty in the first place. Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 5:44
  • It doesn't seem that your bounty statement explains what you want. Unless it's a faster PC, but then 50 rep doesn't even cover shipping ;)
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 7:37
  • @DanielBeck, It's 200 rep? Also, the bounty statement is an additional clarification, not an outright statement... Otherwise it would take the place of the original question, wouldn't it? :) Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 18:13
  • And I wasn't even on drugs when I posted my comment :-) 200 rep still doesn't cover the cost of a new PC though! // In all seriousness, with the last part of my post I meant that you should state what you expect of an acceptable answer, i.e. is an explanation sufficient, does it have to be replicable; or do you require a fix? Is it acceptable to show that you cannot fix it?
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 19:24
  • I have no idea what the difference between an "explanation", a "replicable explanation", and a "fix" is, so I can't say for sure. If it can't be done, it can't be done, but I'd expect a full explanation as to why! Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 19:39
  • I recently had the same problem, I opened a bounty, originally to get more attention to the question because I hadn't recieved an appropriate answer yet. Well, even after I opened the bounty I still didn't get an answer, so I let the bounty expire thinking I'd get it back. There should have been a warning because if I knew all that Rep was just going to disappear I would have awarded it to whoever tried the hardest to help answer my question. Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 23:07

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The reasoning you give to a bounty is not about why you gave the bounty; it is there to guide the visitors to your question what you are looking for with your bounty, this can be clearly seen in bold:

Authoritative reference needed
Looking for an answer drawing from credible and/or official sources.

Canonical answer required
The question is widely applicable to a large audience. A detailed canonical answer is required to address all the concerns.

Current answers are outdated
The current answer(s) are out-of-date and require revision given recent changes.

Draw attention
This question has not received enough attention.

Improve details
The current answers do not contain enough detail.

Reward existing answer
One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty.

not yet received an answer which solves the problem falls under Draw attention; because you basically haven't gotten attention yet from an expert that does know a solution to your problem. So, by giving a bounty you state that you are looking for more attention with reputation in return...

  • So I chose correctly, but it wasn't clear to me, as a user. Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 5:39

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