I have a few questions that I would like to offer a bounty on that does not expire in 7 days. Questions that require either a high degree of research and/or a level of experience and knowledge that is not available in the current daily visitors.

I made a feature request at Meta which is collecting around one vote per 5 views. Request new function Standing Bounty (Currently at -13 with 68 views) I am guessing it will not be implemented anytime soon.

After thinking about a bit more I am considering making a somewhat standard "template" that I can customize for the particular question and post at the end of a question. It will highlights my willingness to grant a rep bounty using the "Reward Existing Answer" function to transfer rep after an answer has been posted.

The tools available for creating custom formatting are listed here we don't have a sandbox area to play in so I am going to post an answer here where I can workout both the wording and formatting. If anyone else would like to try feel free to post your own 'answer'.

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  • I think the problem is that you're seeking a research bar that is too high for most Stack sites. Expending a large amount of effort, perhaps many hours, to get a few reputation points isn't really a fair value proposition to be honest. I've actually avoided answering questions where I've seen overly scholarly like demands in the answer, I simply don't have the time for it. – John Cavan Sep 29 '15 at 12:02
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    A good point, two counter points; 1. If we want to have the best answers on the internet we need answers to the hard questions. 2. I have put some long answers into some questions (1 2 ) it is more than just rep that drives one to research and write these answers. The added rep is not payment but recognition for a job well done.. – James Jenkins Sep 29 '15 at 12:12
  • I have to be honest, though, that I don't think people will claim the prize. Scholarly research material is expensive to access, usually, and can require extensive reading and cross-reference checking. For a few points on the Internet? Not sure I see why I would do it. – John Cavan Sep 29 '15 at 13:27
  • Also, I don't think the goal is to create a scholarly answer site, I think the goal is to great a great answer site for the average person. If being too aggressive on research means we get no answers then we're even worse off. – John Cavan Sep 29 '15 at 14:08
  • When I was new to SE I recall the first couple hundred rep points to be the hardest to get. According to my pets profile my questions and answers have reached over half a million people, If one out 100,000 of the next half million take the opportunity to research a difficult question and post a great answer the bounty will give them a good head start and we will have attracted a scholarly contributor. While I agree that all answers don't need to be overly scholarly, neither do we want be totally without them. – James Jenkins Sep 30 '15 at 11:03

Standing Bounty

Standing Offer to grant xxx Reputation Points to a new answer that meets these criteria:

  • Criteria One
  • Criteria Two


  • Alternate Criteria One
  • Alternate Criteria Two

There is an existing bounty system that allows that allows for the transfer of reputation from one user to another with the "Reward Existing Answer" feature, which I will use to transfer some of my reputation to you.

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