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I noticed most people will read most questions anyway, hence posting a bounty is completely useless: if someone had an answer, they likely would have already given it.

Do you agree?

Does anyone have an idea on what to do about that?

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    Why is this a problem?
    – ripper234
    Feb 12 '13 at 12:26
  • @ripper234 because we have a feature - bounties - which in this SE not only doesn't work, but is actually harmful (i.e. people might spend their reputation completely in vain, hoping to receive answers when it won't happen).
    – o0'.
    Feb 12 '13 at 17:14
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    I personally will make a special effort to solve a question that has a bounty, even if it requires research, testing, or even making a phone call to an expert. It's not because I need the reputation but because it alerts me that someone might really need the information. Feb 13 '13 at 17:12
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When I have a question that needs answering and it doesn't appear to be getting any attention, I personally share it through Reddit. It usually brings enough exposure to the question to get it answered.

As for bounties, I do agree that at the time they generally don't do much to help promoting a question. However, they can also be used to thank someone for a really good answer. While I also had the same problem as you described - posting a bounty and nobody answering the question - I don't really see it as much of a problem. It's just another tool that will have its usefulness at certain situations in the future.

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