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I'd like to start a bounty on one of my questions because it hasn't received and adequate answer yet, and it's an unanswered question I've had for a long time. Is this a good reason to start a bounty or a bad one?

What are the acceptable reasons to bounty your own question, and what aren't?

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What you're referring to is precisely the reason the bounty system was originally created. It wasn't until much later that the option was added to add bounties on other people's questions.

So yes, go ahead and start the bounty. You'll also get to specify a reason, or pick from one of a few predefined reasons (one of them being "this question hasn't received enough attention").

  • Was there any kind of post about how to use the different bounties? I was digging through old answers of mine and found an abandoned question with no marked answer and wanted to bounty it to get an answer auto-awarded; that doesn't seem to be a suitable purpose to any of the bounty descriptions. Would 'draw attention' fit, even if it's not a particularly interesting question? – mfg Dec 7 '11 at 19:26
  • @mfg: Well, what is your reason for wanting to bounty it? Is your objective simply to draw more attention to the question? If so, then yes, it fits, that's the point of a bounty; if it was already interesting then you wouldn't need a bounty to draw attention to it. – Aaronut Dec 7 '11 at 20:04

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