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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 ...
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Should I accept an answer for someone else's bounty?

Clicking the green checkmark does not award the bounty to a user. As far as I am aware, the only way a bounty is awarded is if the person who started the bounty clicks the button to award the bounty. ...
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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 ...
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Closed question information blurb seems -- wrong/confusing?

It seems as though some users on Stack Exchange are a bit trigger-happy when it comes to closing questions.  Somebody asks "How do I do X on Windows 10?", and it gets closed as a duplicate of "How do ...
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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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How to handle off-topic questions with a bounty

Flag for moderator attention, and in the "other" box state that it's off-topic but you can't close it because of the bounty. If a moderator deems it to be off-topic, they will remove the bounty and ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Closed question information blurb seems -- wrong/confusing?

Short Answer The blurb is basically good advice but the wording could be improved. This isn't what bounties are for. Don't be overly concerned about the dupe, yet. Think of it more in terms of "...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Should I accept an answer for someone else's bounty?

Manually awarded bounty: The accept (you) could be, applied when an acceptable answer existed at any time, without effecting the bounty , before , during or after, or even never :-O, that does not ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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A user can't add a comment on the answers of him own bounty, because it requires rep

Mods cannot explicitly enable privileges like that - You'll need to re-earn them like anyone else by posting quality answers. This is by design - its the opportunity cost of putting out a bounty, and ...
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Bounty option not shown

There's a few reasons - They're listed here but two of them specifically would be of interest. The question is too new The question has been asked in the last 48 hours. Give the community a chance to ...
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Closed question information blurb seems -- wrong/confusing?

Rephrase the close reason to invite the user to provide information demonstrating why their question is not a duplicate, rather than confusingly suggesting that the best course of action is to create ...
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