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A few years ago JMac posted an answer that helped me a lot in (this) post. Now that I'm active around here and have something to give back I thought I would pass him some reputation to him via a bounty.

When I've started the bounty I selected "Reward Existing Answer" however I can't award it until I wait for 24 hours. Since the answer is already there and the post is a few years old, is this really necessary?

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This has been discussed on various metas before.

Summary of potential reasons:

  • promote the visibility of the question and its answers by making it a featured question
  • limit the ability to transfer reputation between users
  • respect the transparency of the bounty system: anyone should be able to earn it by writing a great answer, potentially writing an even better answer than the one you initially wanted to reward

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