I have just started a bounty to reward this answer.

I chose the bounty reason of 'Reward existing answer'. Bounty reason - Existing answer

But when I tried to immediately award the bounty, the following error message popped-up: Bounty error message

Why is this so?

  • I said I want to award an existing answer, so I don't need to wait for a new one
  • Is it to raise awareness of the question in the 'featured' tab for (minimum) a day?
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    – Kevin
    Nov 24, 2014 at 1:23
  • @Kevin I should really learn to look at MSO before posting here :) Would that make this a dupe?
    – Möoz
    Nov 24, 2014 at 1:35
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    We don't close questions as dupes of something on another site.
    – Kevin
    Nov 24, 2014 at 1:43
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    hmm, I might take some time and compile the available reasons and catalog them here.
    – Möoz
    Nov 24, 2014 at 1:57

1 Answer 1


Here are some of the reasons, based on the discussions and answers supplied in the relevant MSO discussion:

  • Feature the question, as per regular bounty protocols, the question will have the chance to be 'Featured' and attract attention. This can:
    • Provide a chance for the question to get more high-quality answers and up-votes
    • Provide a chance for the existing answer(s) to get more up-votes
  • Prevent Misuse, the SE staff have noticed that people are using the bounty transfers as a means of passing reps to their mates. Shog9 ◆ says:

    I've had the dubious privilege of seeing even more dodgy tricks played with bounties - and frankly, I tend to think they're too easy to award already.

    Limiting the bounty award to 24 hours can:

  • Give others a chance, As Jeff Atwood ◆ says:

    If you start a bounty, part of your contract with the community is to allow everyone to have a shot at potentially earning it with a great answer.

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