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Since a bounty does not necessarily result in any answers, should the prompt

This question had a bounty worth +X reputation from Whomever that ended Y hours ago; you have (24 - Y) hours to award the bounty

even be there on questions with no answers to award to?

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Now if there is ever a situation where the bounty should be refunded, that's it. –  agf Oct 4 '11 at 19:14
    
@agf Well, I did get three question upvotes out of it. Still not 100 rep, but not nothing, either. Of course, with SO being the official forum of the product, one would hope for a little more response... –  Andrew Oct 4 '11 at 19:31
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And at least one pity vote for having linked to the question from this meta post. –  Andrew Oct 4 '11 at 19:32
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The message could still be useful if it were possible to award the bounty to new answers that come in within this period. Though the message should be changed. –  Jeff Mercado Oct 4 '11 at 20:24
    
@JeffMercado Is it possible to award the bounty to answers up to 24 hours "late?" I actually don't know. –  Andrew Oct 4 '11 at 20:42
    
Nope, you cannot award the bounty to answers that are posted in the 24 hour grace period. –  Arjan Oct 4 '11 at 20:45
    
OK, now it just looks like people are performing a "vigilante partial refund" of the bounty by continuing to upvote the question. If I were a better man, I'd unlink the question. I'm not, so I won't. Pex is a pretty cool tool, though -- worth your time if you work in the .NET realm and have a way to get licensing (MSDN or academic). So, if you're going to upvote, at least go see what Pex is about. –  Andrew Oct 4 '11 at 20:55
    

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