Scenario: A bounty is placed on a question. An answer is accepted during the bounty period, but the bounty is not manually awarded, and the bounty period expires.
As a new user, I think the wording used in the FAQ to describe what happens to the bounty in this scenario is ambiguous and/or inconsistent.
For those of you wondering: if your answer is accepted during the bounty period, even if you have 0 upvotes, you will be awarded the full bounty soon after the grace period expires (not necessarily immediately).
Meta privileges section about bounties linked from FAQ (no mention of accepted answers):
If you do not award the bounty within 24 hours of the bounty period ending, half the bounty value will be automatically awarded to the top voted answer posted after the bounty start, provided it has a score of at least 2. If no new answer matches this requirement, no reputation will be awarded at all, and the reputation used on the bounty will be lost forever.
Community Wiki bounty FAQ (reasonably accurate):
An answer accepted during the bounty period can automatically be awarded the full bounty at the end of the bounty period, provided the bounty owner made no other explicit bounty award by the time the bounty ends.
SO FAQ section about bounties (reasonably accurate):
If the bounty was started by the question owner, and the question owner accepts an answer during the bounty period, and the bounty expires without an explicit award – we assume the bounty owner liked the answer they accepted and award it the full bounty amount at the time of bounty expiration.
- No explicit mention of upvote requirement being waived for accepted answers. My assumption was that 2 upvotes are required, which is incorrect.
- I had to search high and low to find any mention of a possible delay after the grace period ends, before the bounty is automatically awarded. I imagine this results in hasty/panicked questions about bounties not being awarded, which could easily be avoided.
- In my extensive Google/SE searches, I came across a number of answers that reference the bounty system update in 2010, most of which quote:
All bounties are completely independent of and unrelated to accepting an answer.I feel this is misleading in this particular context, and should be compensated for by clarifying the FAQ entries.