That's a tough one. You can put this off until the day before the bounty expires. Or not.
It's totally your choice; whichever answer you find more helpful is the one you should choose.
My $.02 (or less, admittedly it's not worth much): If the answer is idempotent, I'd go with the earlier answer for several reasons: 1. He was first. And he defined it ...
This is like asking if putting a classified ad in the paper is guaranteed to sell your old lawnmower.
Of course there's no guarantee. You pays your meaningless rep points and you takes your chances.
The question you bounty gets bumped to the front page, gets a place on the short list of "featured" questions (and gets moved higher and higher on that list ...
The reputation needed for the bounty has already been subtracted, so he had 101 before he placed the bounty. See his reputation history:
He got 101 from his association bonus.
You need 10K or more rep to see deleted content. You currently have ~9K on EL&U.
The answer you liked read as follows:
I often see the following expression in letters that have no specific
To whom it may concern:
To the appropriate recipient for this message, as in I didn't know who
was responsible for these complaints so I ...
I would suggest that you familiarize yourself with the site as well as the Stack Exchange model: the site tour and the help center will give you guidance on how to use this SE site (and others).
This will give you an idea of what you can do at your present rep level, and what you can look forward to with more.
You cannot vote on your own question, though ...
The existing answers by Mari-Lou and NVZ are entirely correct. The canonical FAQ is on MSE: How does the bounty system work? This answer is correct as of the time of posting, and is specific to the circumstances described.
Bounties are bounties, and it's not possible to alter them once they have been set. Moderators do have some abilities, but they don't ...
Yes, you may indeed set a new bounty to reward an existing answer - in fact, when you offer a bounty, this is given as one of the choices for explaining why the bounty is being given.
The only small snag is that when a second or third bounty is offered, the bounty itself needs to be (at least) double the points of the previous bounty. So, if you wanted to ...
Yes, I’m sorry but you’ve missed the deadline.
And because no new answer posted after the bounty was set managed to reach a score of 2, nor any new answer marked as accepted, those repubits have now all been recycled by the great repcatcher in the æther.
In response to an MSE question about “Why aren't bounties refunded if they are not awarded?”, Grace, one ...
No, the maximum reputation you can ever earn for upvotes in a day is always capped at 200. It doesn’t matter whether you have lost reputation because of starting a bounty, or because people have downvoted you.
So if you spent 100 on a bounty and also gained 200 by upvotes, that's all you could gain from those upvotes, and the order would not matter. You'd ...
As I said in my comments, we all know the answer to this question (and we know the fundamental flaw in the question, too).
But ꜰᴏʀ sᴄɪᴇɴᴄᴇ! here is some data anyway. I ran the query in the MSE post I pointed you to on the current EL&U SEDE database.
Here are the material results:
Bounty? N avg_score avg_max_score ...
I think you'll have to wait for the current bounty period to end, and in case you want to offer another one, it will have to be double the previous bounty, and that's by design.
For a concrete answer, let's hope for one from a moderator.
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When no answer is forthbringing, sometimes you gotta hunt it down.
The OP would like to increase his bounty from 100 to 200 on his question.
Unfortunately, according to the answer posted on Stack Exchange meta:
“Opened a bounty for lack of attention, now I want to increase the bounty because answers lack quality,”
once a bounty has been set, it is too ...
Get with the program - it's democracy in action.
Several times over the years I've been annoyed by bounties which prevent me from closevoting, but in the end there will only be one of two possibilities...
1: Wait until the bounty ends, then cast your closevote, and hope 4 other users will back you up (I seriously doubt any mod would wade in with a ...
Yes, it's for hats.
The Gelt hat is for a bounty offered during Hanukkah (December 16 and December 24) and there'll be more offered on Christmas day for the Stockings Hung by the Fire hat.
But not only does the bounty-offerer get a hat, anyone who answers a bounty (and gets an upvote) also gets the Major Award hat!
Yes, there were bounty hats last year:
Yes, you missed it, and it looks like you missed the grace period too. "Bounty Ended with no winning answer by Community♦"
I think the system requires a post with at least two upvotes to automatically award the bounty.
Bounties last for a week. In this case (as at the time of writing) the question has been open eight days and the bounty expires in three days. Thus the bounty was awarded four days ago, which is half the life of the question.
According to the question's author there were 137 views in the first four days, and it's now 391 — an extra 254. Thus there ...