I've made a rather controversy question about lore in TES series. So if anyone doesn't give a complete answer that I want, I'm thinking of putting a bounty on this question.

The question is: Can I state in my question, in order to get the bounty the answer must be XXXX[insert requirements] ? For example for my TES lore question, can I write like this? →

To get the bounty, you must list all the possible afterlife destinations in TES world.

Thanks in advance. Cheers

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aaaaand here comes the down-votes. I really cannot understand why.... –  Samir Izmier Chong Feb 11 '13 at 19:42
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It might be because it sounds like you're looking for a list-type answer; personally, I haven't downvoted this, but it could seem like using the bounty system to circumvent the rules. Depends on how big the list might be. –  Frank Feb 11 '13 at 19:58
    
Especially since bountied questions can't be closed. –  Raven Dreamer Feb 11 '13 at 23:32
    
Or maybe because your example text invites "mu" as an answer because it presumes that such a complete answer based on the lore is possible in the first place. (Spoiler from a TES lore fan: it isn't answerable like that, and I upvoted that question!) –  SevenSidedDie Feb 12 '13 at 18:25

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When you set make a bounty, you're allowed to pick one of several bounty reasons.

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You're also granted a free form box to write things out in greater detail.

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So, yes: you can set "whatever" requirements you'd like on your bounty (within reason). Just be aware that, once you do start the bounty:

  • You can only award it in the next 7 days
  • You cannot cancel your bounty, so if you didn't get the answer you were hoping for — tough.
  • The bounty will be automatically awarded if you don't award it yourself
    • The answer must have been given after the bounty was started
    • The answer must have a score of at least +2
    • The answer must not have been written by the bounty starter
    • The answer will only receive half the bounty
  • Your next bounty on the next question will have to be for more reputation than this bounty (or 500 reputation)

See also this.

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Sure, I don't see why not. That's what the bounty text is for, really.

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No, you cannot. From the bounty 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.

If an upvoted answer exists, it will get half the bounty, whether you want it to or not.

Though, I guess, technically you can make your requirement a requirement for the full bounty, as Oak pointed out.

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Yes I know about that. But the real question here is can I set the requirement or not –  Samir Izmier Chong Feb 11 '13 at 19:39
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Awarding the full bounty is entirely at your discretion, just like marking an answer as accepted. –  Jason Berkan Feb 11 '13 at 19:40

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