As I've stated in a previous post, I've asked a number of unanswered (or in one case, sparsely answered) questions. For example:

Since I'm new to the site and not really an expert in anything related to aviation, I'm still a bit low in the reputation area, so sparing some to post a bounty would be punitive. However, I see members with well more than 25k of bounty and I don't think the extra buys you anything accept perhaps a place on a ranking sheet.

So, my question is, is it acceptable, either here in meta, in chat or as a comment to the original question to ask that someone post a bounty on my behalf. Since getting some of these questions answered (especially the two with nine votes) would only benefit the database of information we are building here, I would think yes. However, I can also see a case for the argument on the other side.

Note: Less anyone think so, this post is not a clever ploy to get someone to do the very thing I'm asking about :-) Instead, this is an attempt to ask first and get buy off instead of acting without asking and getting slapped down in the process.

  • $\begingroup$ Btw, I spent several hours poring over the web, satellite photos, topo maps, making my own maps, etc. trying to glean some more info on your grandfather's crash. In the end I could come up with nothing new. I hope you are able to find it, and if you do I hope you'll come back and let us know what you found. Trying to find lost planes is fascinating to me. $\endgroup$
    – TomMcW
    Jul 21, 2017 at 0:29
  • $\begingroup$ @TomMcW Thanks for taking the time to look this over. I'm really starting to come to the conclusion that we are just going to have to go there to find out. And yes, I will write a follow up blog entry and link it back to the initial post whether we find anything or not. $\endgroup$ Jul 21, 2017 at 1:44

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No, begging people to bounty your question for you is frowned upon and may well have the opposite effect: people downvote your questions, which reduces their visibility and your rep.

Bounties are to allow people who have contributed a lot to the site to increase the visibility of their questions, as a reward. They're also a way for those people to encourage and reward individual newer users, by bountying questions that have already been answered well. If you want to get this, you'll just have to increase the contribution you make to the site.

You don't need to be an aviation expert to contribute and increase your reputation points. If you ask questions that other people think are helpful and well-researched, people will upvote them and you'll get more reputation points. If you find a question that interests you, you can research it yourself and post an answer - even if you didn't know before. If you make helpful edits to questions and answers to improve them, or to the tag wiki, then you'll also get reputation for that.

Finally, spending reputation points on bounty may not be a way to achieve your goals. The answer rate on this site is pretty high, so if your questions don't get answered, it may be for some reason that a bounty won't fix. For example, they may be broad or vague, and people don't want to spend effort writing an answer that won't satisfy you. (I think the "private airfield" question falls into this category, and your slightly condescending comment to the person who tried to answer won't encourage others to think they can write an answer you'll be happy with.) People may simply not know the answer. (e.g. "Has anyone seen an accident site at this location?") You can already spend some of your reputation on a bounty, but it may simply not help.

  • $\begingroup$ Dan...thanks for taking the time to reply. First, let me say I didn't mean to be condescending in my response to @Dave, but now that I've reread the it, I can see how it could be perceived that way. I will removed that comment. $\endgroup$ Jul 14, 2017 at 15:13
  • $\begingroup$ As I stated in a previous question, I believe one of the reasons some of my questions go unanswered is that this community is still just a microcosm of the world aviation community as a whole. For the private airfield question, my hope is that, as time goes on, more people who own private airfields will join the site and my likelihood of getting an answer to that question will increase. $\endgroup$ Jul 14, 2017 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ The question I really thought would attract an answer is this one given how many complex, formula driven aerodynamic answers I've seen to other questions. At any rate, I will take your advise and NOT solicit bounties ;-) $\endgroup$ Jul 14, 2017 at 15:39

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