Nominations have ended! Those of you who signed up for bounties and were matched have been pinged. Go go go!


Last year a bunch of us gave away a bunch of rep and that seemed to go over pretty well, so I thought perhaps we could do it again this year. It's a fun way to use rep to benefit the community as a whole by rewarding exceptional questions and answers.

I'd like to expand it a bit and get a bit better organized, so here's what's going to happen:

  1. Between now and December 17th - nominate questions (or answers) for bounties by posting a link and a short reason why as an answer to this question.
  2. Vote up answers to this question that you think are deserving of a bounty.
  3. On December 17th, we will lock this question.
  4. If a nomination (consisting of an answer to this question) has a score between 0 and 4, it will earn 50 rep. 5-9 = 100 rep, 10-14 = 150 rep, and so forth.
  5. The Bounty Distribution Team will award bounties by leaving the question bountied for approximately a week starting on the 18th and awarding the bounty on the 24th.

If the bounties to be awarded are more numerous than can be accommodated by the Bounty Distribution Team in one pass, we will continue this process of as many bounties we can issue, leaving each one on for a week if possible.


You may nominate a question or answer for whatever reason (since you're hoping for votes to get the bounty higher, you should be convincing!) - here are the "standard" bounty reasons for reference:

  • Authoritative reference needed - Looking for an answer drawing from credible and/or official sources.
  • Canonical answer required - The question is widely applicable to a large audience. A detailed canonical answer is required to address all the concerns.
  • Current answers are outdated - The current answer(s) are out-of-date and require revision given recent changes.
  • Draw attention - This question has not received enough attention.
  • Improve details - The current answers do not contain enough detail.
  • Reward existing answer - One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty.

Now's a perfect time to get an outdated answer updated, get an answer broadened to help answer the general case question better, acknowledge an underrated answer, or reward a particularly in-depth answer, among other reasons.

Do note that bounty system restrictions mean that we can't give a second bounty on a question unless it is larger than the previous bounty. This means that if you nominate a question that has had a bounty already, you're going to have to convince a lot of people that it needs yet another one.


  • agent86 - committing to award the three largest bounties, however high they may reach.
  • badp has also expressed interest in joining, no details yet.
  • bwarner becomes a repeat offender with 200 rep
  • sarge_smith seasons our holiday cooking with 200 rep
  • FAE is in danger of putting an eye out by throwing 500 rep at us
  • Bora is feeling in a festive mood with 150 rep
  • GnomeSlice is holding out on us, offering 50 rep
  • AshleyNunn makes it rain (snow?) with 500 rep
  • Ullallulloo does us good with 50 rep
  • fredley is too cool for school and is doing his own thing like a rebel. And is also offering 200 rep. What a conformist
  • Fluttershy is ponying up 200 rep
  • LessPop_MoreFizz is keeping his cards close to his chest and knows when to fold.
  • Jeffrey Lin wants to give a little bit, give a little bit of his rep to ussss with 150 rep.
  • Fredy31 gives in 100 rep, and an angel gets it's wings!
  • Ender shows up with a holiday donation of 500 rep
  • Steve V. corrupts the holiday cheer with the mark of his beastly 200 rep

If you'd like to be on the Team, leave a comment with how much rep you're willing to donate, and I'll do my best to get everyone matched up with an appropriate bounty award (or awards, however that works out). I will ping the team members in the comments and let you know how to apply your bounties when it's time to get to awarding.

  • I'm up for another 200.
    – bwarner
    Commented Dec 1, 2012 at 18:57
  • I'll throw 200 in the pot as well
    – user4139
    Commented Dec 2, 2012 at 1:32
  • I'd contribute, but I'm almost at the 20k mark and I don't really want to extend the time it's going to take to get there.
    – Mr Smooth
    Commented Dec 2, 2012 at 2:39
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    Can we nominate ourselves? =P
    – Niro
    Commented Dec 2, 2012 at 2:48
  • I'll throw in 500.
    – FAE
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 4:09
  • My 150 rep say Merry Christmas..
    – DrFish
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 10:37
  • @Fluttershy, you can, but then you've got to convince the community that you're not a dirty rep whore. Some people might have an easier time at this than others :P
    – agent86
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 12:49
  • @agent86 D= A rep whore? I, sir, am just a pony.
    – Niro
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 13:50
  • @Fluttershy, I believe you! It's everyone else you have to convince :P
    – agent86
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 14:55
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    If only this was bounty-able
    – Sterno
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 15:13
  • I feel like I should, but I gain rep so slowly now that I'm nearly making backwards progress with all of the bounties I keep giving out...
    – GnomeSlice
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 15:17
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    Put me down for 50 anyway.
    – GnomeSlice
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 15:25
  • I will throw in 500. :)
    – user11502
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 15:27
  • I'll do 50 rep. Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 15:35
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    Ok, I actually read the post this time through. I'll find some posts and nominate them to be bountied, and you can have 200 of my ill-gotten rep.
    – fredley
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 16:42

14 Answers 14


I'll nominate this answer to a question.

This was during the ggClassic contest, a dark time for all of us who remember it. This answer was a great turnaround to both the quality of answers we were getting on all questions in the tag, and also a turnaround in the quality of answers on that specific question, as evidenced by tzenes's comment on the question itself.


I am going to nominate this answer by Wipqozn. I love it because it gives a very detailed answer to my question, complete with pictures and stars and a map and everything. This was something that had vexed me for a while, so getting an incredible answer like this was just total awesome.


I'd like to nominate this answer by badp. When this question was initially written, it was incredibly localized and was quickly closed. Even after being reworded to be more generic, I figured the question was unanswerable without a list of current values for all items (which would in turn need constantly updated).

By providing many links to sources of sites that will handle these updates for us, badp turned a pretty bad question into a fantastic source of information for anyone looking to get into the TF2 trading scene.


I'll nominate this answer by GnomeSlice.

He gave a well-formatted answer with original pictures to something I couldn't figure out, and it's been a pretty unnoticed question/answer.


I'd like to nominate this answer posted by Sadly Not to a League of Legends question.

Let's face it, it's extremely rare that we get quality content posted in this tag. When we do manage to get a gem like this, it is often overlooked due to the small number of LoL players active on the site.


I'm nominating this answer posted by FAE to a recent Guild Wars 2 question.

She's been a pretty valuable member of the community, providing a lot of quality content, and she puts a lot of time into answering questions for games about which she is passionate (I mean, look at her City of Heroes or Dear Esther answers!).


I'll nominate this answer from EBongo. Its got a lot of well sourced information, the question has over 30k views, and it has been well maintained as changes have occurred from patch to patch.


I'm going to nominate this answer by Fluttershy.

It's a super detailed answer, with pictures and numbers and research, for (as far as I can tell from some brief internet research) a rather obscure game, and I think it is an awesome example of the quality content that he brings to Arqade :)


I would like to nominate this answer.

It is a thorough answer with a specifically-crafted walkthrough video. It is the symbol of dedicatement on this website.


I would like to nominate this answer by Sean.

he did a well structured answer and with good references. He has being a great contributor for our community, not only with good questions/answer but also reviews and edits that improve our quality.


I would like to nominate this answer by skovacs1.

It involved excellent research, and superb original pictures. The achievement the question was based on required many repetitive attempts on instanced areas, so this answer provides an excellent concise reference on where to look exactly. I referred to it many times while working towards the achievement.


I'll nominate this answer by James.

It gives a good, detailed overview of the perks with good formatting, and it was posted in just 14 seconds over an hour.


I would like to nominate this answer by Decency

Although the question I feel is just looking for some differences between the two games, Decency had gone in depth to the metagame of the two games and although you might need to have experience in both the games to fully comprehend the subtle differences, it nevertheless provided me with a good read :D


I would like to nominate this answer.

It is a good answer to a fun question and the only question about a future indie GOTY called SpyParty.

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    Please don't nominate your own content, that's pretty bad form...
    – Shinrai
    Commented Dec 8, 2012 at 17:53
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    @Shinrai: You can't bounty a question anyway, and the answer's pretty good and not his. Commented Dec 8, 2012 at 19:20
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    @Ullallulloo - You're right, I really meant to post on his other self-nomination (where he also answered). Point still stands, though - nominate the answers for their merits.
    – Shinrai
    Commented Dec 8, 2012 at 19:27

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