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A bounty is a way to get additional attention for a question by offering some of your own reputation for great answers.

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Should we have standing bounties?

There have been proposals to stop the bounties from expiring. On meta.SE these have been received rather badly, but would be most likely welcome here, as offering rewards for unsolved problems has a ...
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What if I want to increase bounty by somebody else?

I found an exciting question that somebody gave bounty of 50, and I would like to increase it. Seems there is no way to do it. Why? Also, I never tried this so I don't know: can I increase my own ...
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What would be good place to list unresolved bounties?

Probably at least some MathOverflow users have been in a situation like this. I have placed a bounty on some question in hope to get an answer (or a better answer or a specific type of answer, for ...
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Why is it not possible to offer a bounty for longer than 7 days?

I had offered a bounty for the following question that expires in 7 hours: What did Gelfand mean by suggesting to study "Heredity Principle" structures instead of categories? The results ...
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Should be simply “no answer” among bounty reasons

I am going to declare a bounty on a question simply because I hope it will additionally stimulate at least somebody to think harder on it. Among the reasons I could choose is "Draw attention", which ...
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Why can't we close questions that have a bounty?

I just cast the 5th vote to close the question Was Cauchy so obstinate?, but the system said that it's impossible to close a question with an open bounty. It seems to me that this question is ...
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How do I know if I've bountied a question before?

Every so often, I go through my questions (on this site and on MSE) and find some old unanswered question that I still care about, and put a bounty on it. However, my memory is far from perfect, so I ...
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Is bounties period sufficient?

I edit the quesion according to the comment of professor Edgar Is it reasonable to suggest to MO to extend the bountiess period from 7 days to 3 or 4 weeks? Can mo be an exception, according to ...
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No time to check an answer before the end of the grace period

I get an answer for a question with a bounty: Positivity of the alternating sum of indices for boolean interval of finite groups The problem is that the answer came 2 hours before the ...
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Why I see “question eligible for bounty since 1 hour ago” and not “start bounty” button

I had asked this question 2 days back, and now I see at the bottom, the link " question eligible for bounty since 1 hour ago", and if I click on it, it takes me to the bounty information page. I don'...
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Are bounty reputation points assigned to unanswered question returned back?

Are bounty reputation points, being assigned to unanswered question, returned back to the issuer of the bounty? If "yes" - when? If not - why? Alternatively (instead of direct "refunding") in the case,...
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Maximal bounties

Which question in MO has had maximal total bounties among other questions? I mean the total bounties which are given by the asker or other participants.
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Question eligible for bounty

many days ago I made this question https://mathoverflow.net/questions/195492/linearized-action-of-a-torus-and-orbits-in-alexeevs-construction I didn't receive any answer and I would like to start a ...
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Can a person other than the author start a bounty for a question they like?

Suppose Jack is new to MO and he posts a good question. Tim has a lot of reputations in MO and thinks the question deserves more attentions. Why not we allow Tim to offer some of his reputations to ...
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Using bounty to prevent a question from being closed

There is a recent question Which universities teach true infinitesimal calculus? , suitability of which has been questioned by several users [I personally do not see in this question anything related ...
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How can I avoid getting a bounty?

I've posted an incomplete answer to the question Does a left basis imply a right basis, without AC? which has a 50 point bounty that expires soon. My answer is basically an idea that I think (but I'...
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Awarding bounty to multiple answers

Can a bounty be awarded to multiple answers? I have a question that has a number of correct answers, but from slightly different perspectives, so I'd like to give each some of the bounty.
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Bounty policies

When you propose a bounty, these points are immediately subtracted from your score, and can never return, even if there is no satisfactory answer. I think this is unfair; can someone explain the ...
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Question about “auto-awarding” a bounty

I offered a bounty for clarifying the confusion in the answers & comments to the question "Simple, closed geodesics in 𝕊^3 manifold." I've just been notified that my bounty will be "auto-awarded":...
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What happens when a question with a bounty is migrated?

I asked a question a few days ago which has received no responses (comments or answers) in spite of the fact that I put a 150 point bounty on it yesterday. It is quite possible that it just hasn't ...
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Can a bounty be awarded to an answer in a comment?

Recently I have placed a bounty on this question. The question has no answer in technical terms, but it has been answered in a comment within the bounty period. Now the banner below the question says ...
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Placing bounties on questions which already have a good answer

It seems it's now possible to place bounties on other people's questions. I noticed a certain user placing a lot of bounties recently, including one on a question of mine which already had an accepted ...