Can someone please explain if I just don't understand the bounty rules properly or the following is a dodge to avoid awarding bounty points? Oh and I should state that while this did happen to me, I don't think the op was doing it maliciously in my case. I am just wondering if it could be used that way.
- A bounty of 100 rep was offered on a question.
- I answered the question.
- Op let bounty expire (I get half the rep from community)
- Op returns a week later and accepts answer
At best I only get half of a bounty award (my case 100 doesn't mean much but what if it was 500). At worst I get nothing if there weren't enough answer votes.
I think the checks/balances for the bounty award system are currently sufficient (they should lean towards protecting the op from not getting a good/sufficient answer, and they do). If the same op accepts the answer late though, shouldn't the full bounty be awarded?