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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 about bounties.


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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 bounty points. On the other hand, adding a bounty to a question can be used to prevent closing a question, which is a misuse of the bounty system. Since there ...


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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 without refund) would be a source of even worse abuses. Therefore, the task to fix such abuses is left to site moderators who have the ability to remove ...


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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 lower. If you put a bounty for a question, then that question will receive more upvotes than if it did not have a bounty in the first place. One should consider ...


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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 obviously bad cases, close the question immediately. More generally, if you think a bounty is being offered in bad faith, or in violation of reasonable norms, please ...


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No. The best you can do is what you just did after Michael's suggestion: comment to ask the user to post it as an answer if you would like to award the bounty.


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@Emil's comment above essentially answers the question. The reputation simply vanishes if the bounty is awarded to yourself. In this case, Frictionless Jellyfish is performing something of a stunt, successfully drawing some attention (c.f. this question, and everyone's general confusion), but perhaps not actually conveying their actual purpose (explained ...


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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 participation here is clearly appreciated by the community. I'd think the community would benefit more from you thinking about math rather than your unearned points....


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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 following the "no intervention" rules.


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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" badge for the "First bounty you manually awarded on another person's question". (See the MO Badges page. These badges are both new to MO 2.0, I think. I see ...


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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 received a lot of bounty. It gives a list of questions that have received more than one bounty, sorted by total amount. These exceed 500 points: When does a ...


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Here are the logistics of bounties: The owner has a 24 hour grace period after the bounty duration (7 days) to award an answer. Any answer, including one that existed before the bounty. If the owner fails to award an answer, the highest-voted answer with a score >=2 that was posted in the 7-day period will be awarded. If there are no such answers, it ...


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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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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 feelings for or against increasing the bounty limit, but since it is not a good idea to change the way aspects of this site work very often for minor issues, I ...


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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 you want to see past bounties for a particular question (be it yours or by other users), you can look at the revision history or the timeline. As an example, ...


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


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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 solution, it should be discussed first. But looking at other sites, to see how it works there, might certainly be useful for such discussion. This answer is ...


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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 adding a separate spot for them is needed. When a bounty is started, the question is bumped. These questions are shown on a separate tab. These questions are ...


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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 which does, it will auto-award half the bounty amount to that answer. In your case this means that unless someone adds another answer within the grace period which ...


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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 75 reputation to start a bounty, and at least as much reputation as the bounty amount. and If you have already answered the question before, the minimum ...


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Probably various statistics about this can be found - and it all depends a bit on how you define best time. I have tried to make at least some queries using Data Explorer. (Notice that it is possible to change the site in the queries, so you can compare the stats with some other sites.) Since I am pretty sure that there are many users on this site with great ...


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Since we are discussing access to some old featured questions, it might be useful to summarize methods which already are available. This answer is a community wiki - feel free to add other possibilities you are aware of. Probably the ideal tool for this data explorer a.k.a. SEDE. Here are some queries which can be used to find past bounties: Recent ...


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I would like to address the points in the extensive answer by Joseph Van Name (EDIT. unfortunately deleted by the author), that would be too lengthy to put in comments: In case of my question, all the up-votes occurred before the bounty was assigned. Then, not a single up-vote was added as the result of the bounty. This disproves the suggested effect that ...


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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. I wonder whether this could be done without changes in the bounty system and bounty period. What about the following proposal? (If there is need of more ...


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