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I have crossed the 4000 rep points mark, giving me all the privileges available. Now I can become the big spender ;) As you might have noticed I have already experimented a bit with giving away some bounties.

But how do you spent bounties wisely? Any thoughts?

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    Buy Christmas gifts for the other contributors. Or a cappuccino machine for the chatroom. – hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 8:30
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It's up to you really ;)

  • Some people might save them for when they need to draw attention to a topic, or really want an answer.
  • Sometimes you want to reward someone for an awesome answer, but which you aren't or can't accept as THE answer.
  • Sometimes you're feeling flush and generous around Christmas and are throwing bounties around (See 6 active bounties at present!)

Point to remember: if you don't award them, they do expire, and then nobody gets the bounty - it doesn't come back to you. So make sure to remember to actually award them!

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    I thought that they would go to the answer with the highest rep points. Good that you mention that this is not the case! – user141 Dec 20 '11 at 23:28
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    Oh, and congrats on reaching 4000! – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Dec 21 '11 at 1:07
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    @Andra, some of both actually. Quoted directly from the FAQ: "If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with at least 2 upvotes will be awarded half the bounty amount. If there's no answer meeting that criteria, the bounty is not awarded to anyone." – Jonathan Van Matre Dec 22 '11 at 19:49

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