One of the problems on Stack Exchange sites is that questions don't always receive good answers. While unanswered questions are easy to find, this is not the case with questions that have one or more answers that don't meet the criteria of the question asker (or of other users on the site).

For this reason, I am drawing some inspiration from other sites, such as Programming Puzzles & Code Golf and Puzzling:

This is a list of unofficial, deadline-less (hence not searchable) bounties offered by users on various challenges on the main site.

The list need not be limited to questions that already have an answer. You can offer bounties both for your own questions and for other people's questions.

Disclaimer: There is no guarantee that the user will award the bounty for you in case you fulfil its requirement. Especially if the user isn't an active member anymore. The only guarantee is his/her written word.

Guidelines for updating

  • To add a bounty, create an answer that contains a link to the question that needs a (better) answer and the bounty you are willing to award.
    • Answers can be sorted to see which bounties are newest.
    • Answers can be commented on, allowing someone to notify the bounty's creator that the bounty may have been earned.
  • If a bounty is awarded, delete the meta answer.
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I am offering a bounty on one of my unanswered questions: Why does the narrator quote a letter by a young footman near the end of Le Côté de Guermantes? Since it is a question that requires of Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu, which is after all a novel in seven volumes, the bounty will be at least 100 reps. (Guessing won't be rewarded, obviously.)

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I am offering a bounty of at least 100 reps on another of my questions: Was Hendrik Conscience's novel The Lion of Flanders (De Leeuw van Vlaanderen) the first work inspired by the Battle of the Golden Spurs?. If such an older work of literature exists, it is likely to be in French, not in Dutch, so some research in the history of French literature will be required. However, the existence of an older work in Dutch cannot be excluded, since the Battle of the Golden Spurs was won by the Flemish, not by the French.

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I'm offering a bounty for a good answer to ...

  • Why are the names Rumi and Mevlana respectively used for the famous poet? There is one answer already, which gives one interesting piece of information, but a thorough answer worth accepting would cover a lot more than that: why is he never referred to by his personal name, why the name "Rumi" in the Western world (even though that name means "from the west" and from their point of view he was from the east), why the name "Mevlana" in the Middle East (especially if there was a shift at some point away from using the name "Rumi"), ... ?

  • How did real historical Igbo society differ from its portrayal in Things Fall Apart? This is one of the highest-voted unanswered questions, and difficult to answer well since it would require both a detailed analysis of the fictional portrayal and some detailed knowledge of real-world Igbo society. I imagine a PhD could be written on this; if anyone can give it a really good answer here, that'd definitely be worth a bounty.

  • Did Jean Rhys recognize her fictional portrait in Ford Madox Ford's *When the Wicked Man*? This whole situation, a sort of literary menage a quatre with four different people all writing about themselves and each other, seems interesting, and the question should be answerable (even if the answer is "no, in all Rhys's writings there's no commentary on this") but it's gone unanswered for almost exactly one year.

  • What is the origin of the name "Frankenstein"? There is one answer already, but it's not satisfying or thorough enough for me to upvote or accept. I'd like to know, not only what theory or theories have been put forward for the origin of the name, but the evidence for and against each one.


  • How and why did the story of King Cnut change? It's interesting to study how traditional stories have evolved and changed over the centuries, and this may require a lot of research to find the answer. (Naturally, the bounty would only go to a thorough and well-supported answer.)
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I am offering a bounty for a well-documented answer to the question Does the Kalevala rely on the concepts of good and evil?. A certain amount of literature about the Kalevala appears to exist, but I don't know whether it will answer this question.

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