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Specifically, I am referring to this: Using back to back zener diodes to clip voltage spikes in bipolar stepper motor

It seems to me that the user posting the bounty is asking a question that is similar, but not the same as the original question, demanding a design for a slightly different problem.

It is not possible to comment, vote, or flag directly on the bounty without polluting the question.

Other than simply not engaging, what is the proper thing to do there?

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Offering a bounty on a question asked by another user is fine. However, answers will still have to address the original question as asked by the OP in order to be considered on-topic.

Jodes should ask the question posed in his bounty comment as a separate question. He's been around long enough that he should understand how the system works.

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Stick to answering the question as asked. Personally, I don't even bother reading the bounty text as it's irrelevant. I only noticed the additional question asked because you pointed it out here.

The proper way to ask for the additional information would have been to post a separate question referencing the first. The asker of the second question could then offer a bounty after a while if no suitable answer emerged.

Basically, that bounty is a waste of 50 rep. Oh well. In a way it's justice for not bothering to understand the site before posting.

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