I read about Community, and wondered:

Why can't Community offer bounties to old, unanswered questions and bring these questions back to life?

  • Feel free to revert my edit if you think it was too much.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 11:50
  • Seems like it already does: superuser.com/users/-1/community?tab=bounties Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 11:54
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    @Oliver Those will be bounties that had been placed by accounts that have since been deleted (as is the case with pretty much everything "owned" by a community user) - see this MSO post for the bounty case.
    – DMA57361
    Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 12:46

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It actually does something already to put questions back to life. It "pokes" 2 unanswered questions per hour, bringing them to the front page.

Bounties are something special, it actually costs part of someone's reputation to "feature" the questions. If the Community user was giving bounties here and there, it would lower the value of the other bounty questions, and reduce their visibility.

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