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This thread had a bounty of 150 on it ...

My answer was accepted a day or so before the bounty finished and I note the user has lost the reputation. On the other hand I never received the bounty. Why is that?

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support this request to improve the situation – Tobias Kienzler Jun 28 '10 at 8:18
I can't give you your deserved bounty, but I can give you an up vote which is worth what? 10 points? :) – Vivi Jun 28 '10 at 10:49
Cheers, always nice :) – Goz Jun 28 '10 at 11:24
I can't get any traction on this thread either:… – Uphill Luge Jun 28 '10 at 15:37
Ame here for me :(… Shouldn't accepting the answer be enough!! – Shady M. Najib Aug 6 '10 at 14:35
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Because OP didn't click +150 icon under it, and you don't have +2 upvotes to get half bounty.

Bounty rules changed, and accepting an answer does not automatically award bounty anymore.

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Ahh ... what a bummer. – Goz Jun 28 '10 at 8:12

The implementation has changed a bit to better accommodate careless bounty owners. :)

If ...

  • the bounty was started by the question owner
  • the question owner accepts an answer during the bounty period
  • the bounty award period expires without an explicit award

... then we assume the question owner liked your answer when they accepted it, and it gets the full amount of the bounty at time of bounty expiration.

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Will this apply retroactively, or only for bounties set henceforth? – nhinkle May 17 '11 at 0:55
@nhinkle it won't apply retroactively – Jeff Atwood May 17 '11 at 1:22
Nice one ... so many times people fail to click the bounty award button! – Goz May 19 '11 at 15:21
@Jeff: you might also want to look into the time limit. As I read the comments on this answer, some of the "careless bounty owners" may in fact be users who genuinely tried to grant their bounty on the spot, but couldn't do so because the system wouldn't allow them to, and forgot to do so later. – Denis de Bernardy Jun 10 '11 at 11:34
@Jeff: So what happens if you set a bounty on someone else's question? Does it get auto awarded to the accepted question even though the OP is not the bounty owner? Or does it not work in this case, with the default rules for half being awarded applied? – Lorem Ipsum Jun 14 '11 at 13:29
@today it is exactly the same rules as if you are the owner – Jeff Atwood Jun 14 '11 at 18:49
Is this true even if the accepted answer had been posted before the bounty was set? – msh210 Jun 22 '11 at 19:39

I would probably guess that they only accepted your answer but didn't assign the bounty to you. And you won't get half the bounty automatically as you need at least 2 up votes

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