Setting a bounty on a question should, at least in theory, guarantee it gets more attention. This is evidenced by the fact that one of the possible reasons on the list offered when you're setting it is "This question has not received enough attention."
Now, I'm wondering really if bounty, presented as it is, is really working to this end. I'm wondering about this because I have seen this question with an open bounty which (apparently) is receiving as much views as any other question on the home page now.
This post pretends to open discussion about this issue; I know I'm not offering hard evidence that bounty "just isn't guaranteeing more exposure", and I'm not presenting any solution either, but I want to know if it's just my perception, or not; and in case the concern is shared, hopefully other (more creative) users may offer solutions.