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- How does the bounty system work? 1 answer
It's a little confusing, but it looks like I was docked 50 for offering a bounty ona question that was never answered. It also looks like someone awarded 25 to one of the non-answers.
UPDATE: Changing this to a "feature request," i.e.,
Bounty offered should not be "refunded." I agree, for the reasons others stated in comments and answers to this.
Bounty is offered for an answer, not for looking at the question. Consider any or all of the following: a. Lengthen the time before any bounty is auto-awarded. b. Make the number of (upvotes minus downvotes) required for an auto-award higher. c. Make the percent of the bounty awarded proportional to the number of (upvotes minus downvotes). d. Deduct and discard a bounty if the (non)answer is deleted or voted lower than negative five, unless it was awarded by the person who offered it.
2.b. makes sense to me, because the non-answer (that triggered this post) somehow got two votes, Apparently others agree (that it was a non-answer), since it was deleted not long after I posted this question.