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?


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. :) – George Duckett Oct 22 '12 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. – Der Hochstapler Oct 22 '12 at 12:10

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