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Monetizing SE bounties?

To quote Asaf Karagila What a terrible terrible ... terrible terrible idea. (I might have opted for "awful" instead, to squeeze a couple more in there, but the sentiment is the same.) If you ...
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Congrats and Thanks to Jonas Meyer!

Thank you. I am ambivalent on the badge idea. I am among those who already find sufficient motivation to offer bounties, and I don't know what positive or negative effects such a badge might have. ...
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People answering to bounty just for the prize

If the answer is of very low quality, flag it as such. Other users will review this flag, and if necessary, the moderators will intervene. If you see a pattern of this behaviour in some users, or if ...
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How to best start a "related bounty"?

The second option. You should not change the question in a major way, especially when you have answers. This is true even for old questions, like this one. If you want to ask a new (related) question,...
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A rule on subtracting reputation points

The timeline of this post reveals that you started a bounty worth 100 points on that date. The bounties are deducted from the rep tally immediately.
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Is there a 'polite amount' to put up as a bounty for someone else's question?

It is fine to place a small bounty on someone else's question. The principal way* that doing so affects the author is that they might suddenly get a bunch of notifications about their question, which ...
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I made the best answer to my own question after posting a bounty on it. Now I'm losing $50$ points when I haven't done anything wrong. A bit unfair?

No. Not unfair. If you put an ad in the paper, looking for a carpenter, say, to do some work. But then you decide to buckle down and do the thing yourself. Do you ask for a refund on your ad from the ...
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Will I lose permission to comment if I start a bounty?

The privileges are tied to reputation, so if you offer a bounty and your reputation drops below a privilege threshold as a consequence, you lose the respective privilege until your reputation again ...
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A rule on subtracting reputation points

I will just mention that on the very page you linked you can see that the reputation decrease was due to the bounty, together with name of (and link to) the relevant post.
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Is there any force to award the bounty?

Yes, there is an automatic process that will take care of the bounty if you do not award it yourself. From the help-center: If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the ...
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Losing a bounty because OP doesn't check in

Unfortunately, there is very little that can be done about a bounty setter who has abandoned their bounty. Note that the bounty setter is notified via the site notification system, and email, if ...
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Bounty on a question on meta

One problem is that there are no reputation points on meta, thus it is not clear which points should be used "to pay" the bounty, and even more where the answerer should gain them. (For the first one ...
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Should we discourage bounties that encourage "clever" but unclear answers?

I would not want such things to occur too much. If all posts had such a bounty, it would turn into chaos. But I don't think anything is wrong if you do this on occasion. I don't want to say that all ...
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How effective are bounties?

(This is an answer to my own question) I looked up some queries and found this. It gave all the relevant statistics about bounties. On average, a bounty will get 100 additional views and 3 additional ...
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Question changed completely after another user started bounty

There can hardly be any good reason to change a question-post into something completely different, rather than to post a new question. If there is a bounty on the post it makes the situation even ...
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Invalidate an answer when starting a bounty

The bounty reasons are the same throughout the network. This bounty reason is easy to understand on sites like Stack Overflow: Releases of new versions of a software package can make answers referring ...
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Can't close duplicate bounty questions with exactly same "accepted" answers

This is an unusual situation. The main problem is the repost of the question by the asker. This is not admissible. Somehow this went unnoticed. That they then got both bounties is an astonishing twist....
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1/2 of question answered by different people

In terms of reputation, one way to minimise the difference between the two answers is to upvote and accept the answer (by ticking it) you think is the most clear and of higher quality. This would gain ...
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Etiquette of letting a bounty expire on a question with an upvoted but incomplete answer?

Welcome to the meta site! You are entirely within your rights to let the bounty expire. Personally, I think of bounties as a sort of 'custom order'. When you post a question on the site, you're de ...
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Why not allow closing of bountied question by normal users when they are in bounty stages?

It is important to keep in mind that a question cannot be bountied immediately. It first needs to "survive" for some time on the site. I think there is some point to preventing closures of ...
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In which cases can OP get bounty back?

No, you do not get the bounty back if no answer is given. In fact this is mentioned in the post you link to (my emphasis). What happens if there's no answer after the bounty period? If after the end ...
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Starting a bounty on another user's question

Sure, I do it all the time. Just make sure you leave a comment explaining what you want from the new answers.
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Please help me improve question on Cauchy's Integral Formula

Take a look around and look at well-received questions. They look different. I will give a list of concrete suggestions, but first I would like to talk about the bigger picture. MSE is a place for ...
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Are there any users who have invested more than what they presently have?

As already mentioned in comments, SEDE can be used for such queries. I took the query showing the users with most bounties awarded and I have sorted it based pm percentage of the reputation given away ...
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Bounties don't last long enough

At present, I earned 371 bounties. My experience suggests the following. Although I agree with you that (bountied) questions can be hard. In extreme cases we wrote (partially) answering papers, for ...
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