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Why are the bounties irreversibly spent?

Technically, a bounty may be reversed or cancelled, if it can be justified... However, the bounty systems acts like an advertisement in the real world. You pay for something to entice visitors/...
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Why are the bounties irreversibly spent?

Well, regarding point 1, if you post the bounty on your own question, then, if it is upvoted a lot, you will get a good chunk of rep from that which might well pay back some of the bounty. For example,...
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How can we (and should we) help new users on pushing unanswered posts?

What about adding an "I'm having that problem too" button? The button could disappear as soon as an answer is accepted. In the meantime, if a question has enough "I'm having that problem" votes (more ...
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Why are the bounties irreversibly spent?

They don't want to have the pranks related to putting the bounty and after having the interest pulling it back. Rep points don't mean anyth.... anyways, that's why.
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How to reject a bounty?

No. Bounties are there to give questions additional exposure and are removed from the 'donors' reputation at the point they are set up. Even if the question involved does not gain any answers as a ...
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Why can't I start a bounty?

You do not have enough reputation to add another bounty. You added a 250 rep bounty on December 5th. For you to add another one, you must double the reputation. You do not have 500 reputation to offer ...
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Where's the _Start a Bounty_ Link

You have awarded the following bounties already on the post in question: 500 reputation to Gonzalo Medina 500 reputation to Yiannis Lazarides 500 reputation to commonhare 500 reputation to Sam Whited ...
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Placing more bounties than you have reputation

The person you are giving as an example has more than 200 reputation on others SE sites, so she or he had a +100 association bonus when coming to TEX S.E. If you add his 17*10 reputations gained for Q&...
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How to select the correct answer and award the bounty

This is one of the privileges of asking a question. It allows you to decide which answer helped you most. Like voting, your decision-making process doesn't have to be disclosed. My suggestion would ...
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Is it possible/advisable to request someone to place a bounty on my question?

Asking is free, so you can definitely inquire. Either comment on your own question (requires no reputation if you're the owner), start up a conversation in chat (requires 20 reputation) or comment on ...
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Bounty for bad answer

The unfortunate thing about bounties are that they are irreversible. Once issued, it's an immediate withdrawal from your reputation bank. At best, the bounty adds more attention to your question by ...
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How can we (and should we) help new users on pushing unanswered posts?

This is a noble initiative, but it is not sustainable since reputation is an earned attribute and it's not in everyone to just doll it out at the drop of a new user. Of course, some folks do, but the ...
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Is it possible/advisable to request someone to place a bounty on my question?

It didn't fit in the comment so pasting it here for the question specifics. The question is missing a few ingredients. First one is that I don't understand the idea of a cross section of a line. It ...
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Adding Bounties

From https://stackoverflow.com/help/bounty: A bounty can be started on a question two days after the question was asked. The question you want to award a bounty for was posted on 2015-08-22 at ...
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Is it possible to split bounties?

No. You can award more than one bounty on a question, so if they are to reward existing answers you can make that clear.
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When is awarding bounties considered a misuse of the system?

Bounties are great! Showing appreciation to posts by bounties is great! There are possible ways of bounty fraud, such as shifting reputation to another account by bounties a lot circular bounties (...
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Bounty for bad answer

For example, you can start a dialogue to make the answer more substantive, consistent and coherent.
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