I've seen a nicely styled first question (Google Spreadsheet tag: Google Sheets: "Split" delimited string, preserving blank entries) and I would like to award a bounty.

Not to receive attention, but for the question/questioner itself. Has that been discussed or does it infringe with the privilege policy?

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    I'm still curious why people find questions interesting enough to answer them but don't upvote the question. Mar 8, 2014 at 17:51

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It's not allowed under the current system. See Bounty-like facility for rewarding excellent questions and any of its duplicates for the rationale.

The problem with offering bounties on questions is it doesn't encourage any behavior from other users. When users see a bounty available on a question, it encourages them to provide a detailed answer in an effort to be rewarded the bounty.

You could set a bounty on behalf of the user to help him/her get a good answer on the question. Another (related) option would be to judiciously share a link to the question elsewhere to draw attention to it.

You could technically award a bounty on one of the user's answers, but consider whether this is really in the spirit of the system to do so.

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    Upvoting these questions would be a way to go, but I only have one upvote.......Thanks for the answer. Feb 28, 2014 at 6:48
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    @Jacob: When I've seen other excellent questions, I make sure that I publicize the question on Twitter/Facebook/Google+/etc. to at least get it more attention and (one is hopeful) more upvotes.
    – ale
    Feb 28, 2014 at 13:36
  • @Al E. That's some good advice, Al. Thanks. Feb 28, 2014 at 13:40

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