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/viewers, but there is no guarantee that such an investment will result in people buying more of your product. In a similar vein - the non-real SE world - there is no ...
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, if you post a 50 points bounty and the question then shoots straight to the top of the homepage and spends a weak on the featured tab, it could easily get 5 ...
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 than 5, say), accepted answers could come with an bonus (and the bonus could increase with the number of votes). This would be similar to a bounty, but wouldn't ...
You can't assign more than one bounty to a question at a time. From the Bounty Help:
Questions may only have one active question bounty at any given time.
Note that you can have more than one active bounty, but these have to be assigned to different questions:
Users may only have three active bounties at any given time.
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 result, the bounty is not returned to the donor. The question will have been 'promoted' by the bounty (there is a dedicated bounty list which is much smaller than ...
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 such a bounty.
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
500 reputation to dcmst
500 reputation to ChrisS
500 reputation to Paul Gessler
1,000 reputation to OSjerick
500 reputation to Thérèse
500 reputation to mrc
Despite the fact that I'm sure all my answers are worth bounties, it seems that the only way to move bounties is for the allegedly undeserving recipient to award a bounty of an equivalent amount to the allegedly more deserving recipient. Accordingly I have started a bounty on the referenced question and will award it once the system allows, later today.
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&A on this site, +4 for accepting answers and 1 initial point, you have a total of 275 reputations before he offered those
From TeX S.E ...
This is purely speculation, but is the most probable based on other events:
You get serially upvoted for +150.
You spend it all on a bounty.
It is reversed. You get -150 rep, but you have 1, and since rep can't go below 1, you still have 1 rep.
A mod refunds the bounty. You now temporarily have 151 rep.
Your rep is recalculated, and now you have 1 again. [I'...
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 be that if neither answer addresses your question in its entirety that you request more clarification or improvement from those who posted answers.
If no 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 bumping it to the top of the active questions list, as well as the featured questions tab. At worst, no additional interest is shown at the end of the bounty ...
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 majority of folks don't.
Additionally the request for updating a "vote-to-delete reason" should be consistent network-wide. The critical part within this quote ...
While there is no way for mods to transfer bounties between recipients, one option is to ping the user in chat and explain the situation*. Chat rooms are a great way to connect to people directly, even in a group session on TeX, LaTeX and Friends. Alternatively, invite them to a private chat room.
Another approach would be to "suck it up" and find another ...
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 an existing post that matches your requirements yet you're not the owner (requires 50 reputation).
Sometimes, with an informal agreement between members in ...
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 would just be dots. Do you mean that or something else?
Second we don't have the data. So we can't try anything. That means we can't try stuff out. However a ...
A bounty can be started on a question two days after the question was
The question you want to award a bounty for was posted on 2015-08-22 at 20:45:40Z, now it's 2015-08-24 at 13:41Z. You'll be able to start a bounty in 7 hours.
There is no requirement for the question to be unanswered (one bounty ...
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 (moving rep point to another account, and that account moves it back, costs zero but a benefit may be visibilty and so gained rep/badges)
What that user now does,...