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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 ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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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 ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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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.
Jyrki Lahtonen's user avatar
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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 ...
Milo Brandt's user avatar
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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.
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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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 ...
quid's user avatar
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Etiquette of bounty on PSQs.

Please don't put a bounty on a PSQ. It is MSE policy not to answer PSQs until they are improved and no longer PSQs. A bounty on a PSQ works against this policy goal. A better approach in this ...
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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 ...
quid's user avatar
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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 ...
Daniel Fischer's user avatar
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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 ...
Misha Lavrov's user avatar
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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 ...
TheSimpliFire's user avatar
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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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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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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....
quid's user avatar
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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 ...
Alex Ravsky's user avatar
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Number of bounties offered by a user

For any user, you can go to their profile and under activity you can choose the bounties tab. One of the things you can see there is the list of offered bounties. If you want to see how many bounties ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Downvote to withhold bounty?

To stimulate a better answer, a bounty was posted. This did stimulate a nice new answer. That answer got some upvotes, but not as many as some of the previously posted answers. Whoever posted the ...
Kevin's user avatar
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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.
Alexander Gruber's user avatar
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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 ...
Michael Greinecker's user avatar
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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 ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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How do we know if there's someone working on my question?

Keep in mind that Readers pay attention to your Questions on a voluntary basis, so there's no better mechanism beyond asking a good Question to promote attention. I'd expect the person who posted the ...
hardmath's user avatar
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What is the meaning of "Looking for an answer drawing from credible and/or official sources" in bounty questions for mathematics?

To me it means that existing answers seem to be lacking (from the bounty offerer's perspective) in providing the "background" justification for their solution(s). For example, existing answers may ...
hardmath's user avatar
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Could list of unresolved past bounties be useful?

Since the post received some positive feedback I have started chatroom for this purpose. (I guess it is at least worth trying how the things will go. And it seems that chatroom is less intrusive than ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Should moderators be allowed to assign given bounty

When a bounty is not manually awarded, the system will automatically award it to the [earliest] highest-scored answer that was posted within the bounty period. But an automatic award is only half of ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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How do I start a bounty?

From the Meta Stackexchange Bounty FAQ: If you have already offered a bounty on the question before, the minimum offer is double your last offer (see below). You previously offered a bounty for 200 ...
Eric Wofsey's user avatar
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Cannot start second bounty on question with great answer

In principle, you should be able to place the bounty. For two reasons. This is what the help center says (my emphasis): Additionally, if you offer multiple bounties on the same question, the minimum ...
quid's user avatar
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Can I put a bounty on a question where I have answered and award the bounty to my answer?

Can I put a bounty on a question where I have answered Yes, you can, but for questions you have answered, the minimum bounty value is 100, rather than the general 50. and award the bounty to my ...
Daniel Fischer's user avatar
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Are users who already posted an answer notified about offering a bounty?

Placing a bounty on a question will not directly notify a user that answered it. I am not convinced it is useful to inform the answerer again that you want a more detailed answer, but it would not ...
quid's user avatar
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