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Is this to encourage answers, since we have a kinda low answer rate, or is there some other incentive there I'm missing?

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  • I think this is just a coincidence. :-) – Josh Jul 18 '13 at 14:46
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    Just started two bounties; problem solved :-) – zergylord Jul 31 '13 at 21:54
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I agree with Josh Gitlin, it is merely a coincidence - as I have seen it on several sites that I contribute to. It is an individual's decision to either place a bounty on their or someone else's question.

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In general, I would say that it is a coincidence. There's been quite a lot of time over the last few months where there have not been any bounties, and at the time of posting there are two bounties.

We're not a huge site at the moment, so the number of bounties is probably going to range between 0 and 3 for quite a while.

I've been experimenting a little bit with bounties over the last couple of months to give a little extra attention to some unanswered questions. I generally only do one at a time. And in general, a bounty poster might be inclined to think that if there are no current bounties, this might be a good time to post a bounty. So that might contribute to the apparent persistence of one bounty.

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My question had a bounty yesterday, and at that time there were two bounties (including mine). Going with the people above, they are coincidences. My question actually had a lot of answers but a highly specific criteria.

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