# Giving extra points for a great answer

A similar question was asked but was somewhat colored by the implication that the questioner wanted to "pay" for assistance.

But I was wondering if there is a mechanism to award bonus points for an answer to a third party's question that I find extremely beneficial to my understanding. This is a bit different from offering a bounty since it's not my question.

Clearly I would upvote the answer, and possibly express my enthusiasm in a comment, but it's probably not a good idea to laden the thread with accolades.

• Perhaps you didn't know, but you can award bounties to others' questions, too. In fact, one of the reasons is "Reward existing answer". – Lord_Farin Jun 19 '13 at 13:58
• That's what bounties are for. If you think an answer deserves more rep than it's getting, you can pony up some of your rep to give to the deserving user. The "Investor" badge, in particular, is one way to encourage this behavior. – J. M. isn't a mathematician Jun 19 '13 at 13:59
• @Lord_Farin Thanks for letting me know. – user12802 Jun 19 '13 at 14:00
• @J.M Thanks, that's what I was intending to do. – user12802 Jun 19 '13 at 14:01
• @ˈjuː.zɚ79365, I've elected to extend Lord Farin's quite nice reply instead. :) – J. M. isn't a mathematician Jun 19 '13 at 14:07