I've just started a bounty on a question and despite not having awarded the bounty, I got notified that I qualified for the award a bounty tile in the contest.

Should the wording be changed to say "start a bounty", or should I not get the award until I actually accept an answer?

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Strictly speaking, when you start a bounty - you've awarded a bounty since at the end of bounty period, even if you don't award a bounty to a person, the system will automatically award the bounty to the qualifying answer.

But yes, I think "Start a bounty" is more correct, since that's when the tile is triggered.

  • But what if I start the bounty right before the contest ends, then the automatic award would happen outside the contest timeline. :P I get the idea though. :) Oct 22, 2012 at 11:59
  • Setting a bounty on a question doesn't necessarily lose the bounty. Given the right circumstances, you only lose half (or none at all) of the reputation you've put up. The tile remains. Oct 22, 2012 at 12:10

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