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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 is typically welcome (although potentially surprising for old questions). If you're unsure of any particular case, you can use comments to ask the author about ...


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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 facto opening the door to any answers that appear, which you can accept or vote up/down as you please. When you post a bounty, however, because you're carving your ...


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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 bountied questions. The points is they get more visibility by being bountied and thus also more exposure to potential votes to close. That said, if a question is ...


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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 Question to continue working on it until a solution that satisfies them is found. Posting problems that are difficult, without any idea of how to proceed, does ...


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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 instance, here, here or here and some of them are unfinished for years, see, for instance, here or here. Nevertheless, I think that an option allowing to a ...


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On the Activity tab of your user page, click on Bounties (in the string of buttons below the reputation graph and Newest/Next Badge information). That string starts with Summary and ends with Votes, and Bounties falls just past the halfway mark. In the Bounties mode you have three submodes (buttons to the right side of the desktop page), Active, Offered, ...


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It is not possible to transfer points from one SE site to another. However, there is the "association bonus" which at least allows for a start at 101 level instead of 1, and thus gives commenting and some other privileges right away. Fundamentally, knowing one community does not say much about how one will fare in another. We can and do assume that ...


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Here is a SEDE query: Answers by a specific user which received bounties. By changing the uid parameter you can check which user are you looking at. Of course, you can refine the query using further criteria. Keep in mind that the data in SEDE are only updated once a week.


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I add some related thoughts. be bad for the site to set the expectation that posting incomplete answers on popular-but-hard bountied questions is a way to earn easy reputation. I think it is natural to reputation to come easy, because it is provided by a poll, so it measures rather popularity than value, which sometimes can be understood and evaluated by ...


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