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Do I have to justify placing a bounty or to proof the value of an answer I'm awarding it to, in any objective way?

@dakre18 is wrong. Users are free to reward bounties to any answer they feel deserve it, they're not just intended to draw more attention to a question. One of the default reasons for bounties makes ...
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How long should I wait before bountying an answer as reward?

You're required to wait 24 hours after posting a bounty to award it to an answer. Beyond that, it's up to you. Personally, I tend to wait the full seven days, even if I've selected the "reward an ...
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What to do with an overwritten question with an open bounty?

I have removed the bounty and rolled back the edit. In the future, if this comes up again, feel free to raise a custom moderator flag, since moderators have the ability to remove a bounty, refunding ...
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No button to create a fourth bounty on my question?

Each time you add a new bounty to the same question, the minimum amount of reputation that you can offer is doubled. From the Help Center: Additionally, if you offer multiple bounties on the same ...
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How to prevent bounties being awarded to bad answers

If you don't manually award the bounty to someone, the awarded value will be automatically cut in half and will go to the highest-voted answer that was posted after the bounty started, given that it ...
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Why did this user not get their points back?

A bounty offered on a question cannot be awarded to the person who offered the bounty. See the help page. How is a bounty awarded? The bounty period lasts 7 days. Bounties must have a minimum ...
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Bounty button missing

You can't start a bounty on per-site metas, as those sites don't have a reputation system, they just copy the reputation of the main site. Meta Stack Exchange does have its own reputation system, so ...
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Do I have to justify placing a bounty or to proof the value of an answer I'm awarding it to, in any objective way?

As far as awarding bounties go, your rep is effectively yours to do with as you please. (After the imposed waiting period, of course.) You don't have to justify your awards to anyone. That said, just ...
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How do bounties work with repcaps?

Because the cap is based on total rep gained from upvotes per day (possibly also suggested edits if your rep were lower) not net rep gain per day. Reducing your reputation by any means does not alter ...
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How do bounties work with repcaps?

Working as intended. Bounties, whether you're giving or receiving them, do not count towards the rep cap.
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Bounty for Great Answer - Can't award straight away

This has been status-declined on Meta SE. At a cursory glance it would make sense to allow bounties that 'Reward Existing Answer' to be applied immediately. However, there are some concerns that have ...
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How long should I wait before bountying an answer as reward?

You should award the bounty if you are satisfied with the answer. I think the two main reasons for bounties placed on questions are: Giving the question more attention for better or more accurate ...
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Is there any way to add more reputation into an existing bounty?

No, there is not a way to add more rep to an existing bounty. However, I think somewhere along the line you've got a little confused about how bounties work, and what they are for. I say this because ...
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