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Increase the value of an upvote for a question. Currently, an upvote on a question provides only half the reputation that an upvote on an answer does. (5 reputation vs. 10 reputation.) This would see the amount of reputation provided by each upvote increased to 10 or perhaps even higher (do we value questions more than answers?). Pros No cost ...


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This should be treated as serial voting If I upvoted a user's answers six times in rapid succession, it would be called serial voting and subject to reversal. Why should multiple bounties be treated differently? I find it hard to believe that someone just happened to come across six posts that deserved bounty awards, and that that all happened to be by the ...


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Implement "bounties" for questions that can be awarded instantaneously. This would be a method where one user could transfer some reputation to another user to reward them for an exemplary question. Some checks and balances would need to be in place to avoid this facility being abused for the purposes of reputation sharing. (Perhaps several privileged ...


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Upvote if you think that this feature request should be implemented Is this a feature-request worth asking about? I think yes. There is nothing wrong in asking a feature request. And it seems like this feature request is good for Puzzling SE. Is it too difficult to implement a system where questions can be awarded bounties as well? I have no idea ...


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This has now been undone. The 3000 rep transferred from d'alar'cop to rand al'thor has now all been transferred back from rand al'thor to d'alar'cop in a similar set of bounties. The net effect is precisely nothing; all rep scores are now exactly what they would have been if not for these bounties. I believe this should finally lay the issue to rest. ...


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Implement bounties for questions that work the same as the current "exemplary answer" bounties for answers. We would use the current bounty facilities, but when placing a bounty, you would be given both options (along with all the other existing options): Reward existing answer One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty. ...


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From "What to do when OP offers payment for solution?" on stackoverflow meta -- Whatever you want to do offsite is your own business, but the community frowns on monetary bounties for questions. If you see language like this in a question, feel free to edit it out to focus on the meat of the question. If it's in a comment, flag the comment as ...


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Generally, bounties are used for one of three purposes: Draw attention This question has not received enough attention. Improve details The current answers do not contain enough detail. Reward existing answer One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty. The last one doesn't benefit from additional time, so ...


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As a workaround, you could start with a 50-point bounty, and after a week increase it to 100, then to 200, etcetera. Given the mixed feelings about bounties among the CMs (well, at least Shog9), chances that this will be changed for Puzzling alone are slim. Slimmer than question upvotes giving 10 reputation, which at least has a precedent.


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Let's see this answer, which has 270 upvotes at this moment and was posted by a SO moderator (animuson). It is about voting fraud (since that is what the question's OP asked), but it mentions something about bounties: Most often when you get unexpectedly serial upvoted, believe it or not, it's just a user trying to give you extra reputation. They saw a ...


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I thought I might write my comment up. I won't be awarding the Bitcoin to anyone, a solver will be taking it. Hence the 'real' tag. The puzzle is more difficult because of the embedded Bitcoin and requires a complete solution to reveal the necessary information per the hint. Any solver will require doing the same work for the complete answer whether the ...


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If you know any people who might be interested in the puzzle elsewhere, there's a handy "share" button under every post which provides a link for sharing the puzzle in your favourite medium. We also have some chatrooms where you could ask about a specific puzzle to get more eyes on it. And of course it's perfectly allowed to post another bounty on ...


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"Vote-To-Exemplary" (VTE) mechanism similar to "Vote-to-Close" (VTC) To implement, add additional exemplary link to question, i.e. share|edit|close|exemplary|flag at the bottom of the post. This link would work similarly to the close, requiring certain site-rep to be allowed to vote and requiring multiple such votes to get the question the status. Once ...


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I don't know how helpful this will be, but I'll describe my experience with the puzzle in question, which I've spent a modest amount of time attacking. This doesn't answer the "what should I do?" question, at least not directly (though I do address that at the very end), but it may give some insight into why the question has remained unanswered ...


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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. ...


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Codegolf.SE has a meta post to advertise all the conditional bounties with no deadlines. We could set up the same.


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In response to the first question (Is it worth asking about?), I think it is, and I don't think I'm alone. Here's a few comments I've found on questions showing that there are plenty of people who would like to give more rep/votes/bounties to specific questions (and I'm sure it's not exhaustive): "gem of questions wish I could upvote 10 times" "Absolutely ...


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Implement a new "supervote" that allows you to award significantly more rep than a regular upvote. This is almost the same as the instantaneous bounty idea, but this would not transfer reputation; it would just assign reputation the same way that regular upvotes do. There would have to be limitations on these "supervotes". Perhaps a user only gets one (or ...


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What if the top voted answer is totally incorrect-it doesn't seem right that an answer that is completely wrong should be awarded a bounty purely because it's the only one that's reached 2 votes, or it's the highest out of a whole series of wrong answers? Tough. Sorry, but that's the way the system works. There's no way to ensure the bounty doesn't go to ...


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While I like the idea of fostering community and having fun, I'm afraid I don't like this particular idea. You sum up most of my objections fairly clearly yourself, but in the interests of finding a more "official" reason, I'd argue the very first paragraph of the reputation help page makes a fairly clear cut case: "Reputation is a rough measurement of ...


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Implement a new "exemplary question" checkbox, and a list of exemplary questions. There would need to be some details figured out for this one, but I envision it as a checkbox right underneath the "favorite" star on the left of a question. If you consider the question "exemplary", you can check the box. If a certain threshold of people (perhaps a given ...


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That is how the bounty system works. From the FAQ entry on Bounties on main Meta, How does the bounty system work?: Why is the system requiring me to choose a bounty amount that's higher than the minimum? For most questions, you can start a minimum bounty of 50 reputation. There are some cases where the system may require a higher amount, though: If you ...


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You could use a data.SE query. Here's one that I just wrote: SELECT PostId as [Post Link], BountyAmount, CreationDate FROM Votes -- VoteTypeId 8 = bounty posted on question, 9 = bounty awarded on answer WHERE VoteTypeId = 9 AND DATEDIFF(MONTH, CreationDate, GETDATE()) < 1 ORDER BY CreationDate DESC It shows all bounties awarded this month. To customize ...


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Let's rather have an infinite bounty period ..."but how?", you may ask. And the answer is, of course, a meta question! Over Programming Puzzles & Code Golf Stack Exchange, such a thing already exists. You simply post your bounties as answers to this meta question, and wait for somebody to claim one. Then, just check if it's true, and, if it is, start ...


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I'm not sure if this would be rude or abusive or that it might get flagged, but I would like to mention one thing: In the case of the OP putting a monetary bounty on their question, they must either have some kind of reward themselves from solving the puzzle, or because they are just extremely avid puzzle fanatics who have the money to spare. In the first ...


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Use a moderator only tag voted in meta If we want to draw attention to an exemplary question, we could add a special tag exemplary-question that only moderator can give, such as faq in the meta. This tag would require a vote in a dedicated post on the meta explaining why the question is exemplary. If the post reach a criterion (such as 30 upvotes?) then ...


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If you are transferring to a friend with very low rep (say, below 500), it becomes obvious and action will be taken against them. If that person already has a sufficiently large amount of rep, then it will be up to the community to determine if the bounty is justified. A bounty is given to an exemplary answer, not an exemplary user, so there should be ...


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This is not the purpose of tags. A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of connecting experts with questions they will be able to answer by sorting questions into specific, well-defined categories. (https://stackoverflow.com/help/tagging)


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