I had implemented a bounty on this question, received the 24-hour notification bar yesterday, went to it and gave the bounty to an answer.

I was then on Meta for many hours. This morning when I signed on, I received another 24-hour notification bar, but double-checking, my bounty had been given.

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this has happened to me twice now (first documented on meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/57660) and again with this comment; my consecutive SO days is 15 so I'm pretty sure I didn't miss the giant orange bar for the last several days... –  Michael Haren Aug 2 '10 at 16:10
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That's by design -- all messages sit in your message queue until you view them.

Otherwise we couldn't "prove" that we did, indeed, notify you of the bounty expiration (twice even).

(caveats: we also do email reminders of bounties, assuming we have your email address -- we don't require email to participate here. Additionally, we do delete ancient messages after 4 months whether read or not.)

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Is that 4 months after the first banner, or 4 months after the latest update? How long will I get to keep this You've earned "Nice Question" and 3 other badges. See your profile. banner going? –  Grace Note Jul 22 '10 at 15:17
    
My point was that I had viewed the message, had been on all day afterwards, without a message, and then it popped up again this morning. –  Lance Roberts Jul 22 '10 at 15:32
    
@lance never heard of that; you sure it wasn't the 2nd notification? –  Jeff Atwood Jul 22 '10 at 15:37
    
@lance and you're clicking the [x] to dismiss it? –  Jeff Atwood Jul 22 '10 at 15:37
    
I dismissed it either using the [x] or clicking on the link to go to the post itself, I can't remember which way I used. If it was a 2nd notification, then that would be a bug, since the bounty would have already been awarded. I tried to verify when I awarded the bounty, but the timeline view doesn't show it. I'll post another feature request on that. –  Lance Roberts Jul 22 '10 at 15:45
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