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So, I saw this inconsistent thing in the UI:

Then, I got to look whether a bounty is still going or not:

That clearly looks like a bounty is still going. Is it? Reads again... Oh, it had a bounty that ended.

Very confusing behavior if you ask me, this made me wonder what this inconsistency was for.

This revealed Where has the bounty gone?, which makes some kind of sense to help people.


However, it's very inconsistent and unclear to most visitors in it's current way, so I suggest:

  • Removal from the featured list, there is no point in the questing still being there after expiration.

  • A more descriptive message, add the following text: "and is awaiting assignment within X hours."

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Bounty FAQ for others: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/16065/…. –  user162697 Aug 7 '11 at 14:15
    
I'm fairly sure this is related to a (relatively) recent feature request about giving users with bounties more time to choose a winner. I think this happens when the bounty has run out, but no pick has been made yet –  Pëkka Aug 7 '11 at 15:30
    
@EatmoreTwisters: As I outlined in my question I know that, I'm asking for clarification/improvement. –  Tom Wijsman Aug 7 '11 at 15:31
    
@Tom ah, fair enough - I didn't realize that was that request. –  Pëkka Aug 7 '11 at 15:35
    
@Eatmore: FYI: The boldness isn't meant personal, but rather preventive for further commenters... –  Tom Wijsman Aug 7 '11 at 15:37
    
@Eat actually, it was entirely unrelated –  Marc Gravell Aug 8 '11 at 10:24
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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Simply a bug - related to caching and a copy of "now" (time) that was being used long after it was overdue. The full details are here.

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