Recently I asked this question. It originally received very little attention (and only one cryptic-to-me answer in a comment), so I placed a bounty on it. It now has an answer which I like; hence I upvoted it and (eventually) accepted it as an answer.
Should I now also award the bounty early?
To some extent, it seems like paying for the bounty is paying for it to be on the featured questions list for a week. Hence, if I award the bounty early, then (I assume) it will no longer be in the featured questions list. Of course, what I really wanted was a satisfactory answer, and that is what I got. Hence, I'm thinking I may as well award the bounty now. (I did at least wait a while for the answer to be upvoted by others to see of the community also liked the answer.)
One thing I'm concerned with is the following:
Do people find it annoying that a question with an accepted answer stays on the featured question list?
Perhaps, readers think, "Why is this question taking up space on the featured questions list? It already has a good, upvoted, accepted answer."