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### Can a person other than the author start a bounty for a question they like?

Anyone can start a bounty on any question asked by any user. The question has to be at least two days old and the user awarding the bounty has to have at least 75 reputation. See this page for details ...
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### Why can't we close questions that have a bounty?

Closing a question prevents new answers to be added. If one could close a question with a bounty, the net effect would be to shorten the bounty period, possibly causing the loss or misattribution of ...
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### Using bounty to prevent a question from being closed

It is an abuse of the bounty system to place bounties in order to prevent a question from being closed. There is no mechanism to fix this automatically since any mechanism to remove bounties (with or ...
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### Make it evident that bounties are non-refundable or refund them on other people's questions

The fact that the bounties are not refundable is pointed out in the help center and marked in bold: All bounties are paid for up front and non-refundable under any circumstances. Also the dialog ...
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### Why is it not possible to offer a bounty for longer than 7 days?

I consider the 7 day bounty period to be quite reasonable and effective for several reasons. While bounties cost a minimum of 50 pts, in reality the cost for a bounty for one's own question is much ...
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### How can I avoid getting a bounty?

This is perhaps not technically an answer, but in real sense it is: just don't worry about it. Points are not worth worrying about, and the precise number you have really doesn't matter. Your ...
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### Loophole to avoid closure: deletion + bounty?

If you see a question that seems off-topic or inappropriate for MathOverflow, but protected from close votes by a bounty, please flag for moderator attention. We can remove the bounty, and in ...
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### Bounty from Community

This is answered at the StackExchange bounty FAQ. If a user account is deleted with an outstanding bounty, then the Community user becomes the bounty owner, and the points are eventually awarded ...
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### Can a person other than the author start a bounty for a question they like?

Not only is it possible to put a bounty on another's question, it's encouraged: you earn the "Investor" badge for the "First bounty you offered on another person's question", and also the "Altruist" ...
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### Maximal bounties

The Data Explorer is the perfect tool for this kind of questions. The highest possible single bounty is 500 points. (For details of bounties, see this and this help page.) See the query Questions that ...
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### Why I am not allowed to answer protected questions?

It seems that the bounty you offered adds $-100$ to what counts as "reputation earned on this site" for the purpose of answering protected questions. At least, that is my understanding based ...
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### Question eligible for bounty

The site requires you to have at least 75 reputation points to have the privilege to set a bounty on a question. The button probably only appears then. You can find the list of privileges here.
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### How do I know if I've bountied a question before?

You can see list of all your past bounties in your profile page on the bounty tab. (You can choose between viewing active, offered and earned bounties there.) It works exactly the same on Math.SE. If ...
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### Remove the upper bound on the number of bounties a single user can have at any moment

I personally see the limit to three bounties as a very minor issue. Very little would change if users were able to have an unlimited number of bounties at once. I personally do not have any strong ...
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### Should be simply "no answer" among bounty reasons

It appears that whatever boilerplate the software produces, you can add your own text to the reason for offering the bounty.

### Make it evident that bounties are non-refundable or refund them on other people's questions

I'm going to make a sort of meta-comment that might explain the negative reaction that people have to this question. I think there are two issues: I think that many people (including me) find the ...
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### Should we have standing bounties?

There are several sites which use a separate post on meta for collecting "standing bounties" (is there some better terminology for them)? Of course, if MO users want to consider a similar ...

### Giving "bountied questions" more visibility weight

This is to some extent similar to answer to a related feature request on Meta Stack Exchange. Since the featured ("bountied") questions are already shown relatively prominently, I do not think that ...
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I have now figured out how West's argument works and wrote it up on the bounty I started. I'll wait a day or so to see if there are any more developments and then give West a 250 bounty on his answer. ...
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### Why I cannot start bounty on my own question, just because I have answered it?

You can find links to some basic information about bounties in the corresponding tag-info. These two points from the faq item How does the bounty system work? are relevant: You must have at least ...
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### Question about "auto-awarding" a bounty

As I understand the rules, the message means that in 24 hours the system will check for answers which satisfy the conditions described in https://mathoverflow.net/help/bounty, and if it finds one ...
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### Is bounties period sufficient?

Although the question asks about bounty period, I guess that the most important thing for the OP is whether the bounty brings additional attention and increases chance of getting the question answered....
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