How long do I have to wait before the "Start bounty" button appears on one of my questions? I have a question that hasn't been answered yet and I would like to put a bounty on it, but the button hasn't shown up yet? Are there other rules that apply to when the bounty button appears?

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From the FAQ:

There are a few other rules around bounties:

  • Questions must be at least 2 days old to be eligible for a bounty.
  • Users must have at least 75 reputation to offer a bounty.
  • There can only be 1 active bounty per question and per user at any given time.
  • Once initiated, the bounty period lasts 7 days.
  • After starting a bounty, you must wait 1 day before awarding it.
  • If you do not award your bounty within 7 days, the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with at least 2 upvotes will be awarded half the bounty amount.

Adding to what reported by Kyle Cronin, users can now have a maximum of 3 active bounties at any given time. There still the limit of one bounty per question, but you can have three bounties on three different questions, where nobody else offered a bounty already.

The FAQ has been changed to reflect this.

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