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I have been recently been given the privilege to start a bounty. I have been browsing the unanswered to get some questions a chance to be answered. What are some good rules to go by to award questions bounty?

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In my opinion, the best kind of question to give a bounty is a clearly stated question that happens to not have a well-written answer yet, particularly when a good answer would be long or otherwise effortful.

Clearly stated:

  • It should not be unclear what the question is; answers should not be guesses.
  • The question should be easy to read. This can be fixed with editing if it's unambiguous but poorly written.

Not having a well-written answer:

  • Perhaps the question has just happened to not get any answers the first time around.
  • Or a good answer will require some effort (e.g. to compile information or draw diagrams).
  • Or the information already exists, but the existing answers don't explain it in a way which will consistently make sense to someone who doesn't already know a lot about the subject.

But, of course, it's your own reputation to distribute as you see fit.

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Ben, Here is some information about bounties: https://ham.stackexchange.com/help/search?q=bounty.

Does that help answer your question?

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