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Why Do I LOSE Points Every Time I Make a Bounty?

Have you looked in the help menu? This page discusses what a bounty is. When you write a question, but for whatever reason aren't satisfied with the answers you get, you can start a bounty. The ...
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Get in the spirit: The first annual holiday bounty extravaganza - or bountapalooza

I figured we might as well keep track of all of this, so I've created a community wiki answer. A list of the questions with bounties started during this season: Logic to support specialized kingdom ...
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Do "this question has not received enough attention" bounties work as well as we'd like them to?

I think I've offered the most bounties on the site as of today - 35, for 3,000 reputation points total - so I'm working from a bit of a larger sample size. My experience with the bounty system in ...
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Is it ok to set up a bounty for a question, where I already know which answer I want to accept?

Yes, this is one of the intended usecases for bounties If you click on the "start a bounty" button you will first be asked for the amount of reputation - something between 50 and 500. In case you ...
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Can I split a bounty?

As mentioned in the help center, there can be only one bounty winner or none at all. But it is possible to award several bounties consecutively. The value of each new bounty must be at least twice as ...
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What to do if I want to change the numbers in a question?

No, please don't invalidate existing answers by editing The bounty reason you named is supposed to be used if for example new research came up or on some other sites on the network if the programming ...
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The fourth annual holiday bountapalooza

List of bountied questions Add your latest bounty here! Plausibility of helium dominated atmospheres on super-Earths, asked by TheDyingOfLight and bountied by HDE 226868 (+200) How soon can the ...
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The third annual Holiday Bountapalooza

A list of the questions with bounties started during this season: Shattering Swords: Yea or Nay?, asked by Liquid and bountied by James, (+100) What are some ways mass changing of terrain in a short ...
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Why is the bounty limit 500?

I guess I'd make a couple arguments for keeping it at 500 points: The purpose of bounties is to attract attention to a question that needs answers or to reward an existing answer. If a 500-point ...
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VTC on a question with a bounty

Flag it You could flag it as "in need of moderator attention", type out your reasoning and let the mods handle it from there. This is also what was decided on meta.SE. The fact that the ...
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The second annual Holiday Bountapalooza

A list of the questions with bounties started during this season: Could a large radio telescope survive interstellar spaceflight?, asked and bountied by HDE 226868 (+100) What near-future propulsion ...
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How do I award a bounty after it was auto-awarded?

Unfortunately, once a bounty has been awarded or has expired without being awarded, there's nothing we can do to change it. You can start a second bounty and manually award it, but I'm afraid the ...
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Do "this question has not received enough attention" bounties work as well as we'd like them to?

Bounties are marketing - if you got some feedback they do what they are supposed to do It's a bit weird, but you have to view bounties as money you spend for advertising your question a bit more so ...
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Bounty reason isn't showing up

Looks to me like the bounty reason notice got removed the same instant that you removed the hard science notice, probably because both are technically notices on the question. That's plainly visible ...
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Why Do I LOSE Points Every Time I Make a Bounty?

If you didnt lose something from this you could just add bounties to all of your questions to get them in the spotlight. this tool is meant to be used for people who desperately need answers and cant ...
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Is it considered bad form to ask OP to assign bounty if s/he has accepted your answer?

The person who offered the bounty gets reminder email three days before the end, and again 24 hours before the end (I think), and again when the grace period starts. (After the end of the seven days, ...
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Why is the bounty limit 500?

Ultimately the answer is that Stack Exchange decided upon 500 when they built the bounty system. You can read more about the policies and intent behind the bounties in the help center. Reading it we ...
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Do "this question has not received enough attention" bounties work as well as we'd like them to?

I've been answering questions on this site for a while now and in the vast majority of cases, my answers have been to questions on the normal queue. I've put answers to questions that have then been ...
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Is it considered bad form to ask OP to assign bounty if s/he has accepted your answer?

I'm the person who offered the bounty. It was my very first one and, I'd thought that accepting an answer was sufficient. Didn't see this question until just now, but I have already awarded the bounty ...
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Is it considered bad form to ask OP to assign bounty if s/he has accepted your answer?

It's a tad odd that the asker found one answer acceptable, but still felt the need to offer a bounty. Perhaps hindsight, and they really wished they waited for a new answer? I, myself, am curious as ...
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Is it considered bad form to ask OP to assign bounty if s/he has accepted your answer?

I don't see any harm in asking. But as you mention they are imaginary so I wouldn't worry about it too much either way. Where bounty points go is totally up to the person offering and in the case ...
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VTC on a question with a bounty

The reason I've not mod-hammered it closed is because (and here's the subtle difference) it's not asking "what should/will an individual do" it's asking "what can the individual do". In other words ...
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