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Today @jafe started a bounty on a question of mine.

I am happy that this happened, of course (by the way, a +500 bounty is a lot). The potential problem is that the question is an entry in the 45th fortnightly topic challenge: Flags.

I don't want my question to be upvoted or viewed more than the other entries just because it has a bounty attached to it. Isn't it better if we just wait until the challenge finishes before starting such bounties? What do you think?

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  • $\begingroup$ "I don't want my question to be upvoted more" I suppose the opposite applies when starting a bounty on a low quality post. $\endgroup$ Dec 21 '20 at 15:26
  • $\begingroup$ Ironically this meta question attracted my view/vote much more than any bounty would have $\endgroup$
    – ferret
    Dec 31 '20 at 16:55
  • $\begingroup$ @riskymysteries I don't get the point in your comment. I don't think Jafe considers it a low quality post, otherwise they would not have started the bounty. I don't think my question is bad either, I just did not want it to be undeservedly recorded as one of the most viewed and voted posts in the challenge. $\endgroup$
    – melfnt
    Jan 2 at 19:34
  • $\begingroup$ @ferret sorry about that, it's the so-called Streisand effect. I removed the links $\endgroup$
    – melfnt
    Jan 2 at 19:34
  • $\begingroup$ @melfnt I didn't downvote anything. I don't think your question is bad. $\endgroup$ Jan 2 at 19:36
  • $\begingroup$ @riskymysteries can you please explain your first comment? $\endgroup$
    – melfnt
    Jan 2 at 19:40
  • $\begingroup$ @melfnt Well, you said "I don't think my question is bad" when I didn't mention anything about it being bad. $\endgroup$ Jan 2 at 19:44
  • $\begingroup$ @riskymysteries I meant your very first comment: " "I don't want my question to be upvoted more" I suppose the opposite applies when starting a bounty on a low quality post." I don't understand it $\endgroup$
    – melfnt
    Jan 2 at 21:48
  • $\begingroup$ @melfnt I'm pointing out that the "I don't want my question to be upvoted more" should actually be "I don't want my question to be voted on more". $\endgroup$ Jan 3 at 19:04
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There's absolutely nothing wrong with this.

At least the way I see it, the fortnightly topic challenges are not a competition - they're more of a prompt to get puzzle ideas flowing. The "most upvoted"/"most viewed" statistics are more of a curiosity, not a 'winner' of the challenge. (Plus, both votes and views are already skewed by HNQ. So even if we did want to declare a winner, neither would be a particularly good way to do so.)

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    $\begingroup$ both votes and views are already skewed by HNQ. What is HNQ? $\endgroup$ Dec 31 '20 at 16:18
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    $\begingroup$ @ΛRYΛN HNQ is "Hot Network Questions", the list of questions on the bottom of the sidebar. If a post gets popular enough, it's shared there, and then it gets a lot more views and votes. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi Mod
    Dec 31 '20 at 22:21

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