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Is it possible that the user offering the bounty selected an incorrect reason for the bounty, possibly wanting to get a canonical answer or reward one that is already given as exemplary? It's possible. And it's possible that the user offering the bounty liked the question for some reason and just wanted it to get even more attention for that reason. ...


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It looks like this question has already asked over at Meta.SO: Why can't I vote to close a question that has a bounty on it? And a related question at Meta SE: How can we close questions with bounties? To summarize, closing a question prevents further answers, so any bounty would then be unfairly applied to only the first answers, which aren't always as ...


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Why is this frowned upon by the Mods ( or in general )? We frown upon any action that abuses SE systems, especially if it's done to accomplish a particular action that's not normally possible. Strategically placing a bounty to prevent a question from being closed is an example of that. Bounties preventing close votes is, to my knowledge, largely a side-...


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A bounty is just an additional reward. It is useful for several reasons: It can reward answers not chosen as the accepted answer. Allows to go further that the +10 reputation points that a regular user can award to an answer. Helps luring users to a question that haven't got enough attention. Tells people that there is still interest in the question, even ...


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Reading How does Reputation Work the following statement is provided: You can earn a maximum of +200 reputation from upvotes and suggested edits in any given day. Bounties and the bonuses for accepted answers are counted separately (source). Reputation “lost” from the reputation cap is not awarded on following days. You could earn those X reputation ...


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Is there anyway I can still award a bounty on that question? No, I'm afraid not. Closed questions cannot receive a bounty. Unfortunately the help page doesn't specify this.


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Somebody posting a bounty isn't, by itself, reason to change the status of a question. However, whenever you come across an older protected question, it's worth asking yourself: does this still need to be protected? Maybe it was protected because the question was on HNQ or Reddit or something and got a flurry of crappy answers; in that case, it's probably ...


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A bounty buys publicity for a question. (One hopes it also buys a good answer, but what the bounty "pays" for is the exposure.) That publicity lasts for as long as the bounty does, so I usually don't award my bounties until the end of the week. If a good answer comes in early on then it's going to get the bounty (unless something even better comes in), ...


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I think the bounty help page has good advice: "If you’ve asked a good question, edited it with status and progress updates, and still are not receiving answers, you can draw attention to your question by placing a bounty on it." Ask the question Give it a few days to see if it attracts a good answer or not If not, try to edit the question into shape Give ...


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Is it possible that the user offering the bounty selected an incorrect reason for the bounty, possibly wanting to get a canonical answer or reward one that is already given as exemplary? Yes, I think the user probably meant to chose this option, as its the only option that makes sense. I think the benefactors answer garnered over 200 votes.


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