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This rule was added due to a discussion on Clever bounty reputation hack (on Meta SE) back in 2010. So here's the hack: Find an interesting question Research and provide a very good answer Open up a bounty on that question to attract attention and votes to your new answer Profit!!! 2 and 3 may be out of order--I didn't see the timing ...


Consensus seems to be that there's only so much we can and should do for new users. An awful lot of the time they're just "drive-by" askers who will get their answer (perhaps) and be gone, never to contribute to the site. There's no point in spending so much time on them. For myself, I just try to remind people who find their own answer to post it as such ...


The bounty amount is deducted from your reputation when the bounty starts, not when it's awarded. For the particular example you mentioned, you can see exactly what happened on the reputation tab of that user's profile. They started with 1 like everyone else, got +100 of association bonus, and then spent it on the bounty to get back to 1 rep. They also got ...


You cannot currently offer a second bounty on that question because you do not have enough reputation to do so. The minimum bounty amount doubles on each subsequent bounty you offer on a question: Additionally, if you offer multiple bounties on the same question, the minimum spend doubles with each subsequent bounty (50 reputation on the first bounty, ...


As your reputation history will attest, you received the bounty 47 minutes after asking this. Patience is rewarded... (answering simply to get it off the unanswered list ;-))

Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible