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I was trying to offer a 50-rep bounty on this question:

How many Jedi (Knights) lived in the galaxy before The Clone Wars?

And the bounty pop-up's smallest bounty value was 100.

Why wasn't 50 rep available for the bounty value?

As an experiment, I picked another random question from 2 days ago and that one DID have a value of 50 in the pop-up, so it's not specific to my account, just to that question.

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    There you go, now there's a 50 rep bounty on it. :) – user1027 Feb 6 '12 at 1:45
  • @Keen - thanks! I hope a full answer will be found! This seems like such a bloody obvious data point that it HAD to have been covered in the gazillion EU sources. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 6 '12 at 1:47
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If you've answered a question, you can't set a 50-point bounty on it. See Undocumented increase in minimum bounty value? on the main meta. The reason is that your bounty will drive traffic to your answer, and the SE developers consider this abusive (I personally disagree with this assessment).

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    Thanks! +1. ... We are cosmically bound to disagree. I actually happen to fully agree with SE developers on this - on intuitive basis, thus I'd gladly change my mind if some statistics is available. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 6 '12 at 1:43

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