“Bounties increase exposure and visibility”
Yeah, and I'm the queen of Sheba.
I recently asked this question, and was thrilled to receive answers from a Frisian and a Dutch speaker. I was so thrilled because the two answers were original and included references too, so I felt compelled to award @Janne B a 50 rep bounty.
If I could offer a second 50 rep bounty to @Henno Brandsma I would do, but it's against the bounty regulations and more of that later.
The question was still in/on the HNQ list, it had earned 19 upvotes, the first two answers posted had already garnered consensus but I felt it was a pity that two answers from two new contributors seemed to be largely ignored. I wanted greater attention for their answers. They deserved it.
I placed the bounty with anticipation.
MASSIVE SLUMP IN VIEWS
The number of views slowed to a limping snail's pace. However, @JEL did post a rather fantastic answer so not all was in vain but still... neither did his answer earn the recognition it deserved.
Each and every time I fall for this idea that bounties help increase a question's visibility and exposure. And no, I'm not forgetting its main scope
A bounty is a special reputation award given to answers. This feature was designed to motivate answerers, and help questions get the answers they deserve
Getting that elusive answer is an important and fundamental requisite and a perfectly natural desire. But you're more likely to receive a higher number of answers and original answers too if the question enters the HNQ. (You hit the jackpot if your question is answered by tchrist, Sven Yargs, JEL, Araucaria or Janus Bahs Jacquet.)
Bounties on EL&U do not guarantee exposure or visibility, not anymore. They're like the kiss of death.
To sum up, bounties on EL&U are not as effective as they once were. Leaving aside off-topic and VLQ questions, if an on-topic question does not get those invaluable three or four upvotes and an answer in the first 2 hours (?), the post will likely disappear from the main page. One solution is "bumping" because a post is more likely to get some kind of response if it stays on the first page. This tactic isn't necessary if the post hits HNQ because the traffic it attracts is very powerful.
Now, I'm left with a dilemma, award a 100 rep bounty to @Henno Brandsma and then 200 rep bounty to JEL's answer. I wish I could award three bounties of 50 rep each. What to do....what to do....?
Please discuss. And please provide data to either confirm or refute my assumptions.
JEL is awarding a 100 bounty rep to Henno Brandsma's fine answer