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How can "Community" post a bounty?

The user who posted the bounty got deleted - and that left the bounty in place. with community as the owner, since deleted users get merged with community. I've refunded the bounty, just so its less ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Why was my flag to stop my bounty rejected?

Bounties are only revoked in exceptional circumstances. As mentioned by the MSE answer linked by David "I made a mistake" is a problem but by no means exceptional. We also cannot prove one way or ...
Mokubai's user avatar
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Over 54,000 questions with no answers!

Very few of the unanswered questions are ones that just need an edit bump or a bounty to get them answered. We should certainly do that when it will help, but that won't make a big dent. Ones that ...
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Why was my bounty returned?

Your bounty was refunded because the question itself is off topic for the site, so no point in awarding a bounty for it when it should instead be closed or migrated. And you cannot do either with an ...
random's user avatar
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How do I reward an instructive answer over a good answer?

You could always offer another bounty on the question after the existing bounty is finished. In this case the minimum rep you can award would be doubled up to 100, so you should be sure that you ...
Mokubai's user avatar
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8 votes
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Please let me award a bounty to a qualified answer despite my tardiness?

There's literally nothing we can do. There's even a grace period after the one week/168 hours, but no way to undo a 'lost' bounty or to do anything once the bounty period is over. meta.se's got an ...
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7 votes
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Poster lost reputation when post migrated to SO

It was off topic. It shouldn't have been asked here, and it should have been closed here. Yeah, people with the appropriate amount of reputation missed it, and did not close or flag it. Its happened ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Case of answer accepted, but bounty not awarded

From the bottom of the bounties page, which you can find in our help centre: How is a bounty awarded? The bounty period lasts 7 days. Bounties must have a minimum duration of at least 1 day. After ...
Mokubai's user avatar
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7 votes
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Bounty award allocation while suspended

Actually, this has happened on before - and the user in question reported that he couldn't. You cannot award a bounty while suspended.. We don't typically refund bounties when a user is suspended. ...
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Question concerning the new code of conduct

There are many many things we hope to see from high reputation users aside from... well, high reputation. They're the folks who we hope step up to set an example for others even if they are not ...
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So, we "have nots" can't give 5 reputation bounty to some one as a thank you?

I wanted to say thank you to him, so I thought to give 5 points bounty to him. A bounty isn't intended as a way to say "thank you" for an answer. So the bounty system is designed to prevent small ...
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So, we "have nots" can't give 5 reputation bounty to some one as a thank you?

A single up vote on an answer is worth 10 reputation to the receiver, and on a question it is worth 5 reputation. Giving an up vote is completely free to you, and is more of a bonus than a single ...
Mokubai's user avatar
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Question concerning the new code of conduct

It seems that the new Code does not change anything and moderators will still limit their intervention to insulting or useless comments and answers. What exactly did you expect a moderator to do in ...
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Suggestion of a measure to avoid abandoned bounties

I don't think the collection of fake internet points is the main driver here. A lot of questions with reasonably good answers are abandoned without being accepted, regardless if a bounty is set or ...
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How can I start a bounty for this Question?

There is normally a "start a bounty" link underneath the question. However, in this particular case, you previously offered a bounty of 100 on this question: . According to the bounty rules: ...
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What happens to my offered rep if no bounty is awarded because no answer exist?

You lose the bounty. In a practical sense, you're 'paying' for the attention with reputation. If there's no answers, the reputation gets awarded to no one. The automatic bounty is to make it fair ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Poster lost reputation when post migrated to SO

The user spent all their reputation as soon as they posted the bounty. Having the question migrated to Stack Overflow had no bearing on this. You "lost" the bounty when the question was migrated ...
ChrisF's user avatar
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Over 54,000 questions with no answers!

It's always a fact of life that there are more questions than answers. This is true of all SE sites, and all questions that have ever been asked in general, even questions unrelated to technology long ...
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Can I award a bounty before 7 days has elapsed?

Yes. One day after the bounty is started, you may award it to any answer you choose by clicking the blue bounty number (e.g. "+100") next to it. You may not award the bounty until that full day has ...
Ben N's user avatar
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Please let me award a bounty to a qualified answer despite my tardiness?

You can reward the answer with a another bounty You do have the option to offer another bounty on the question, then manually award it to the answer you feel deserved the reward. There's even a ...
I say Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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Clarification about bounty award allocation for a community wiki post

Yes, bounties can be awarded to community wiki answers. The restriction on reputation gain applies only to voting. See this Meta post: Does bounty apply to a CW question?. The thread linked in that ...
fixer1234's user avatar
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How/will my 2nd bounty be awarded?

Your assessment is correct. Answers added before the current bounty started are not eligible for the automatic award of half the bounty's points. This one's rep, like that of the previous, will ...
Ben N's user avatar
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Suggestion of a measure to avoid abandoned bounties

I see too many posts with bounties being abandoned on our site. Bounties are an efficient attention-getter device which does well to attract answers to the post. If the post is abandoned, this seems ...
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Is a valid answer to a problem a valid answer to a different question?

It is your decision whether or not to accept the answer: Decide if the answer is helpful, and then... Vote on it (if you have earned the appropriate voting privilege). Vote up answers that ...
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What happens to my offered rep if no bounty is awarded because no answer exist?

BTW in the case it's confirmed that I'll not get my rep back if no bounty is awarded, I'd be curious to get some explanation about this rule, which seems pretty hard and not really fair. You were ...
Ramhound's user avatar
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If a user is allowed to create a bounty they should be allowed to comment even if their reputation goes below 50

Your feature request makes sense, and it has already been proposed on Meta Stack Exchange: Allow bounty owners to comment on questions they've placed a bounty on, even if they have less than 50 ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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How to share posts if no one is interested and not enough rep for bounties?

The community bot apparently "pokes" random questions every hour so they can get more attention, but I looked at your question and I think that you are going to have more clarity like ...
Bottish's user avatar
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Can I award a bounty to somebody who solved my problem but did not answer my question?

No, you can't. Bounties are (just like upvotes) awarded to an answer, not a user. Think of them as advertisements (which afterwards function to indicate the quality of a post), not as gifts. The user ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Suggestion of a measure to avoid abandoned bounties

Please indicate your opinion of my suggestion Bounties are intended to draw attention to a post: If you’ve asked a good question, edited it with status and progress updates, and still are not ...
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Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible