At least twice now, I've created a bounty on a question for the specific purpose of rewarding an answer that is really excellent. The system then lets the bounty sit out there, not awarded, for a period of time before I can award it to the answer that I have in mind.
I'm not seeing the benefit of requiring that delay. I'm not doing this to draw additional attention to the question itself, although if that's the goal then why not draw that attention AFTER the bounty has been awarded (so the answer that earned it is highlighted along with the question, and the attention-getter is visible for a defined period rather than however slowly/quickly I get back to select the answer I have in mind once the window to do that opens). Also, I don't want to attract other answers to the question by somebody who sees the "+500" and, misunderstanding the tag under it, tries to provide a better answer on the spur of the moment. The answers there are good, and one of those in particular is excellent; more answers aren't what I'd want to generate (even unintentionally).
So how come I can't award the bounty right away? It's not like I'm likely to change my mind and realize that some OTHER answer is actually excellent... I'm just waiting for the timer to finish so I can award it to the answer I have in mind, already. For other purposes (attract attention to the question in order to get more/better answers, etc), a delay makes sense, but when rewarding an existing answer... not so much.
(Sorry if this has been discussed elsewhere; I didn't find anything on it in Aviation Meta.)