After careful reading of the following paragraph read as part of What is a bounty? :
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).
I am left with two questions :
If I have already (in the past) offered a 50 bounty, on a question of my own and, because the question received no answer, that bounty was not awarded (even the half of its value)
If I want to reoffer a new bounty on that same question, will the minimum amount be doubled ?
If I want to offer a bounty in order to reward an existing answer on a question (from another user) for which a bounty had been explicitly awarded in the past (by the other user), will my own new bounty need to be two times the amount of the preceding one ?
EDIT : Following muru's answer, I add the feature-request tag :
- the reason for offering a bounty (rewarding existing answer vs others) should be taken into account when deciding on the doubling feature. Amount offered should be free of whatever consideration when rewarding an existing answer !
In the (more than realistic since it is happening to me) case I have offered (in the past) a bounty on one question of mine and awarded a bounty on one answer.
Well after that, another user posts some indeed valuable answer. I do would like to reward this work BUT, as I understand, needing to double the amount. This would just be unfair (compared to the other credited answer).
EDIT after fra-san's valuable objection :
I expect abusing to the expense of one's own credit to be the fact of a very limited amount of strange users. This will anyway & in any case & necessarily come, at some point to, some mathematically predictable & definitive end.
Definitive end… unless the user keeps earning credits… this meaning that the user contribution is valuable for the whole community… In which case… who can condemn the way that (valuable) user spends its credit ?
Moreover believing that sort of abuse rare, I think it could just easily be handled by some basic bot of the like of the one capable to detect abuses in downvoting.
That does not, IMHO, pay for possible unfairness, (in the particular case of rewarding an existing answer) At least will I stand with ancient latin adage : Abusus non tollit usum.