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According to Meta StackOverflow question 21529, I know that it is not possible to remove a bounty once it's been started.

I answered StackOverflow question 3251056, on Thursday, September 9th, when the question stated it had a bounty that would end in 12 hours. Now I'm not seeing anything about the bounty, and according to the revisions history on my answer, I answered the question yesterday, Friday, September 10th.

  • What happened to the bounty?
  • Why does the revision history show the wrong date for when I answered the question?
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I am in a similar situation that a bounty of 250 rep was not awarded. In my case I answered and the answer was accepted as the correct answer several days before the bounty expired, the answer had 3 up-votes and was the only answer. The SO Question. – zaph Feb 24 '15 at 11:26
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Most likely, there were no eligible answers at the time that the bounty ended. Bounty auto-acceptance rules state that only answers with a total score of at least 2 are eligible for auto-acceptance. Perhaps you didn't recieve the second upvote until after the bounty ended?

As for the time zone problem, that is easily explained. I see from your profile that you are located in Missouri, which is GMT-5, so you answered around 8 PM local time on the 9th, which was 1 AM on September 10 GMT.

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For the post date part, you posted at a little after 1am on the 10th; is it possible you posted late on the 9th and live in a western time zone? (Times on SO are in UTC)

As for the missing bounty, as far as I know the only way the bounty could've gone completely unrewarded is if a mod removed it, but I don't know why they would have -- I can't see the logs to know for sure

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What happens if at the time of expiry no answer meets the criteria for auto awarding? Edit: Looks like that could explain it – Martin Smith Sep 11 '10 at 22:04
@Martin Ah, yes; I thought it always rewarded it, but apparently not – Michael Mrozek Sep 11 '10 at 23:11

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