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By design the bounty is taken from your rep as you create the bounty, one can't get it back no matter the results. You can choose not to award the bounty or the site will automatically award the bounty to the highest voted new answer(with a minimum of 2 votes) during the bounty period. If no answer fits these criteria no bounty is given(but you still lose ...


Not receiving any / suitable answers to a bountied question may not necessarily indicate a problem with the bounty system. To be honest it probably indicates that there is an issue with the question itself, rather than with the community or bounty system. If people aren't answering a question, even when there's a reputational benefit to them for doing so, ...


It's awarded to the oldest answer (posted within the bounty period). From the Help Center article What is a bounty? How can I start one?: If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with a minimum score of 2 will be awarded half the bounty amount (or the full amount, if the ...


I've looked over all the bounties that have been awarded this year, to see who awards them, what rep they currently have (to see how new the user is) and how often they've offered bounties. Expressing brand personality in the UI with animation (Original question Poster (OP) - 3k Rep) Should an API documentation include When-to-use and when-not-to-use list? (...


Should I blame caching? To avoid heavy load on the servers, question lists are cached. I'm not sure what the cache time is, it might depend on the site, but this answer suggests it's a minute or so.


Unfortunately it's not possible to retract a given Bounty, even if its made by the system. Sorry

Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible