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The FAQ on bounties:

1. The bounty period lasts 7 days. Bounties must have a minimum
    duration of at least 1 day. After the bounty ends, there is a grace
    period of 24 hours to manually award the bounty.

 2. If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace
    period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started
    with at least 2 upvotes will be awarded half the bounty amount. If
    there's no answer meeting that criteria, the bounty is not awarded
    to anyone.

Taken together just want to ask simple question why the bounty are not awarded automatically is not clear some times.

Eg. web kit scrollbar not chaging until i hover over it when changing themes

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Wait for some time. Give some time to run scripts. Bounties will be awarded to you. It takes time to run automatic scripts. Usually it takes 1-2 hours after grace period for automatic awarded bounty.

Nick Craver explains this in Miscalculation of grace period?:

The bounty auto-award job does indeed run once an hour, there may be a gap between when the bounty ends and when that runs that you'll see an oddity like this, it's normal.

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but what if someone get more eligible to the bounty in that case bounty will be awarded to which user? –  Champ Sep 18 '12 at 13:33
    
I am not sure but it might be checking current status of votes. But script will be making decision. High rep user or moderators can answer about this question. –  Somnath Muluk Sep 18 '12 at 13:39
    
@Champ If two or more eligible answers have the same score, the oldest answer is awarded the bounty. –  hims056 Sep 18 '12 at 13:39
    
yes i know that. but in my example there is not the case you specify –  Champ Sep 18 '12 at 14:05
    
This explanation needs to be added to the FAQ. I was getting nervous and almost asked a question "soon-to-be-closed" here because I was not receiving the bounty (still not as of writing this). –  Patrick B. Feb 11 '13 at 9:06

From FAQ on Meta:

What is automatic awarding?

Twenty-four hours after the end of the bounty period, if the bounty starter has not manually awarded the bounty, an eligible answer can be automatically awarded half the bounty amount.

If two or more eligible answers have the same score, the oldest answer is awarded the bounty.

So Twenty-four hours after the end of the bounty period, an eligible answer can be automatically awarded half the bounty amount

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But the Twenty-four hours period (grace period) has also ended –  Champ Sep 18 '12 at 13:31
    
As @Somnath Muluk said: Wait for sometime. Give sometime to run scripts. –  hims056 Sep 18 '12 at 13:33

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