Bounties have various states:
- Donations are invited. Each donation counts as a vote. When the total donated reaches a target amount, the task associated with the bounty can begin.
- The bounty has reached its target and the associated task is now underway. Donations are no longer accepted.
- The task associated with the bounty has been completed and the item is now closed.
- The bounty did not reach its target in a reasonable timeframe so it was expired. Any donations it may have attracted were distributed evenly between all other bounties open at the moment of expiry.