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I set a bounty of 500 for answer to my question, nothing happened no accepted answer, although I didn't get the right answer the people who tried to answer should get the reputation or I should get it back, here is the question:

Jboss Messaging JMS

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From here:

What happens if there's no answer after the bounty period?

Once a bounty is started, the question owner is obligated to select an answer. If the owner does not choose one, auto-accept may be activated if:

  • answer has been posted AFTER the bounty started
  • and answer has at least 2 upvotes

If the bounty expires without an accepted answer, no answer can ever be accepted for that question.

What is Auto-Accepting?

If after one week no answer is accepted by the original poster, then the new answers with at least +2 upvotes posted after the bounty start are considered eligible for auto-accepting. The one with the most upvotes (or in the case of a tie, the earliest) will be automatically accepted and awarded half of the bounty.

If no new answer has reached at least +2 votes, the bounty is forfeit.

See also: In a bounty scenario, can an answer from before the bounty be automatically accepted?.

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@tretje If the owner does not choose one, auto-accept may be activated if: answer have at least 2 upvotes one answer has 3 upvotes – Gandalf The Grey Mar 29 '10 at 21:45
@Gandalf: That only counts for answers added after the bounty has been started. – fretje Mar 29 '10 at 21:46
@fretje well I'm not sure about that .. dammit at least 500 points could go to someone instead dropping to nowhere and I still didn't get my answer .. this rule is really lame .. thank you for your swift response – Gandalf The Grey Mar 29 '10 at 21:48
@Gandalf: It's a shame indeed... Make sure next time you accept an answer yourself, before the bounty expires. ;-) – fretje Mar 29 '10 at 21:50
@fretje well I have other obligations in life :D computer is about 9-10h per day .. other are spend outdoors or in bed so you can't make it everywhere, just feel sorry for people who answered didn't get the reward thats all – Gandalf The Grey Mar 29 '10 at 21:52
@Gandalf - I've 'dropped' bounties before as well. But you have 7 days - if you're going to be away from the computer for that long you might consider not starting the bounty in the first place. – Adam Davis Mar 29 '10 at 21:58
@Gandalf, what about your Sorry guys this wasn't what I was looking for, I wanted to see how to do it using application context with bean injection .. at… then? Seems to me that was not mentioned in your question? – Arjan Mar 29 '10 at 22:06
@Gandalf I have dropped bounties myself but I reached the conclusion that it was my own damn fault: The system sends an E-Mail three days, and one day before the bounty expires. You can't really complain about not having been notified here. – Pëkka Mar 29 '10 at 22:10
Maybe you can try to contact a mod to have the bounty awarded. I'm not sure if they have the capabilities to do that, though. – Andreas Bonini Mar 29 '10 at 22:28

A few things:

  1. You should have gotten two email notifications as well as two SO site notifications that your bounty was closing. Once the bounty has started, it is the owner's responsibility to accept a suitable answer before the end of the bounty period.

  2. Your question was a bit unclear; you posted an answer 11 hours ago that said "Sorry guys this wasn't what I was looking for, I wanted to see how to do it using application context with bean injection". This really should have been edited into the question 4-5 days ago, while the bounty was still running.

  3. At the very least you could have provided comments on existing answers so others can see what did and didn't work for you. I count ONE comment on the answers.

Bounty is not magic fairy dust that magically makes the perfect answer appear -- you have to put some effort into it too!

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