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[moderator hat off: personal opinion] We don’t close homework-like questions based on where they are from. We close homework-like questions when they are about doing some single-purpose computation (what is this coefficient of friction, where have I lost my minus sign) versus conceptual questions (why does energy work like this, why do approach A and and ...


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To be perfectly clear: We expect you to take responsibility for your actions. This includes every one of your actions on this site, but in this particular context, it's worth emphasising that it includes setting bounties, allowing other people to access your account, and lying or other deceptive behaviour. If you set a bounty and then regretted the ...


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You never have to award a bounty. If you choose not to manually award a bounty, it may be automatically awarded to an answer, but not if that answer is downvoted. From the help center: If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with a minimum score of 2 will be awarded ...


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I've spent a lot of time on meta arguing against the closure of good mechanics problems (most recently here and here) and taking a lot of downvotes for it, but here we go again! As the homework policy seems to be currently understood, any mechanics problem that requires a specific calculation deserves to be closed. It doesn't matter if it's actually a ...


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My view is that you should answer. I would post an answer if I could but the question is far outside my price range. I have no wish to restart the agonising debate about homework, but for what it's worth my main aim when I answer a question is to help the OP learn something new and/or understand something that they hadn't previously appreciated. Questions ...


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I see a more global problem here. Regardless of whether this is an actual homework problem, and regardless of the putative small audience of interest, what are we to do about vetting the answers? I know this isn't a peer-reviewed journal. My concern is that upvotes on answers does not imply correctness. What's the value of potentially conflicting ...


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I'm inclined to agree with your original assessment -- this is not a good example of the kinds of questions we want. And, as a regular user, I would have voted to close it if I had seen it prior to the bounty (because then it is locked). And as a moderator, I would probably vote to close it if it got a couple of other users who voted to close it first. ...


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My favorite use-case for "Reward an existing answer" bounties is late answers that are substantially better than existing ones. Example from on-site: Why has Earth's core not become solid?. There is nothing at all wrong with the accepted answer by Kyle K. More than that, it's a good answer. However, more than a year later David Hammen added an outstanding ...


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This is proper usage of the system, and there is even a bounty reason to reflect that. See also this mother meta answer about bounties which states: "Can I award a bounty to an old answer? Yes, you can award your bounty to any answer on the question. This makes it possible for users to reward particularly good answers with more rep than a standard ...


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I have refunded the bounty on this question so that a regular close review can occur. Users thinking this question should be closed/stay open are invited to vote on it as they see fit. If the review ends with the question staying open, a bounty can be offered again and answers to it will not be deleted.


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Such questions should be closed as soon as possible, at least in the short term. It is academically dishonest under all student codes of conduct I know for a student to seek online help in solving exam questions so there is no reason not to act on questions identified as such - because the OP says so, or because there is some clear indication the question ...


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This is all explained in the help pages. You'll need to have at least 75 reputation to set a bounty.


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Yes, if the bounty expires with no answers with positive score, it goes to waste. And yes, it is possible and allowed to answer the question yourself, but you cannot award a bounty to yourself, even if the answer is posted in someone else's post. You can get a bounty for an answer to your own question, but only if the bounty was offered by someone else. In ...


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From the bounty help page: All bounties are paid for up front and non-refundable under any circumstances. [...] Additionally, if you offer multiple bounties on the same question, the minimum spend doubles with each subsequent bounty (50 reputation on the first bounty, 100 reputation on the second, 200 on the third, and so on). There's a minor exception to ...


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Has "extra" bounties been a recurring event in the past? As others have mentioned, bounties that reward existing answers are explicitly encouraged by the design, and bounties have had that explicit encouragement designed into them since the bounty system reached its final shape in late 2011. The use of such bounties has been in place in this site for the ...


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If you want to draw further attention to your question, editing to improve it is one good way to go. However, doing multiple trivial edits to repeatedly bump the question to the front page is indeed frowned upon. If you see someone doing this, flag the question for moderator attention with a custom flag, or leave a comment expressing displeasure at the ...


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If you can find a good edit to make to the question (or one of its answers), editing will bump the question to the top of the front page. This is an easy way to draw some attention to the question. However, make sure your edit actually improves the question (or answer). An edit that just changes something but doesn't make the post better is not appropriate. ...


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Bounties are well explained in the help center, both in their own page and on the set bounties privilege page. It's not quite clear exactly what it is you're asking but here are some points to note: You can have up to three bounties active at any given time on each SE site. You must wait at least 24 hours before you award a bounty. If you have three ...


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You can award your bounty to whomever you like.


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Should it be prevented to close/delete posts which has received a bounty? Any posted answer that does not answer the question should be deleted, regardless of upvotes & bounties. I don't think either of your posts answered the questions asked. The one that was deleted made the preposterous claim that gravity doesn't exist and all mass is photons with ...


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For that question, the bounty was issued by a user with 100+ reputation. The user has (been) deleted the account after that. The only purpose for the bounty is to raise the attention of the most downvoted question as said in the bounty description. As I remember, the user is from other SE and get 100 association bonus so it is not surprised that the user ...


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From the help center: To avoid overly promotional bounties, if you are offering a bounty on a question that you have already posted an answer to, your minimum spend is 100 reputation (not 50).


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This is explained in the What is a bounty? page in the help center: A bounty is a special reputation award given to answers. It is funded by the personal reputation of the user who offers it, and is non-refundable. If you see a question that has not gotten a satisfactory answer, a bounty may help attract more attention and more answers. Slice off anywhere ...


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it might not seem a big problem for those with thousands of points it certainly shakes the confidence of new user like me Think of it this way: by setting a bounty, you're not 'buying' an answer; instead, you are buying exposure for the question. You've gotten the exposure, and it is important to capitalize on it to do everything you can to optimize the ...


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No, it appears that the bounty was not awarded. This is only possible to do before the grace period ends.


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To directly answer the question: Even if the question is acceptable, why are these answers acceptable? [...] But why does the fact that it has not been considered an off-topic homework question mean that posting full solutions is fine? They seem to be two separate policies. The bounty did call for actual solutions, so is it fine to go against usual policy ...


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Since I've been commenting my thoughts, it seems fair I should post them as an answer. My answer was initially going to be a hard "yes" on close this as a homework question, but I'm becoming less sure. On the one hand, the people answering the question have put a lot of effort into trying to solve this problem, and clearly it's motivating people, and ...


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From the Help Center Bounty page: How is a bounty awarded? The bounty period lasts 7 days. Bounties must have a minimum duration of at least 1 day. After the bounty ends, there is a grace period of 24 hours to manually award the bounty. Simply click the bounty award icon next to each answer to permanently award your bounty to the answerer. (You cannot award ...


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Your question is younger than two days, hence you cannot offer a bounty yet. See mother meta for more details on when bounties can be offered and awarded.


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