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I'm guessing that the bounty period probably expired without the owner of the question accepting an answer.

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ah, that's pretty lame. thanks for the info Kris! – Ian Quigley Mar 29 '10 at 15:50
@Ian that's probably it. Has happened to me in the past (both as answerer and as an asker.) Losing a bounty is the one situation where a sympathy upvote is totally justified IMO, so +1 from me :) – Pëkka Mar 29 '10 at 16:14
Bitter sweet that I now have the +3 which would have earnt me the bounty. Hey ho - it's the swings and roundabout's that's stackoverflow :-) – Ian Quigley Mar 29 '10 at 16:21
See also:… – fretje Mar 29 '10 at 16:33

There are occasions where the auto-accept doesn't kick in as I'd expect; for example, there was a bounty that expired on this question a couple of hours ago, but no bounty was awarded, and no answer has been auto-accepted.

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