Originally I was going to post a question why hadn't I been awarded a bounty. I read the previous posts, but they were a little old and seems to be out-of-date with current guidelines on the FAQ, but then I read the privilege page and got confused. Can someone clarify please?
- OP asks question
- I post answer
- OP wants more info and starts bounty
- I significantly edit answer multiple times to account for repeated new requests from OP
- Answer gains > 2 upvotes during bounty period
- OP accepts answer during the bounty period but does not award bounty
- Bounty ends without being awarded
OK, so if I click on the bounty FAQ link that appears below every question with a bounty I see
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.
But on the privileges page about setting bounties I see that the rules for bounty awards are as follows:
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.
OK, so according to this definition my answer doesn't meet the criteria, because I provided an initial answer to a somewhat different original question before the bounty was started. But according to the FAQ guide because the owner accepted my answer during the bounty period but did not award the bounty the assumption was the question owner liked my answer and the bounty should have been awarded.
I'm going to assume the site worked as expected and followed the documented rules regarding awarding bounties, but there seems to be some ambiguity in the documentation, which was frustrating for me as I expected get awarded the bounty. Can this be clarified please?