I'm mildly curious as to what would happen that'd make a bounty "expiration" time change. When I answered a bounty question with the right answer (and it was accepted), the bounty had about 17 hours to expire. Now (about a day later) the bounty is described as expiring 6 more days from now. Does that mean that the question-asking user somehow extended the time horizon?
You seem to have been misled by the comments. There is no change in bounty time limit, all that happened is that the author is noting when the bounty can be awarded. BalusC quotes the relevant comment, which I'll repeat for convenience.
However, it is impossible for there to have been a 17-hours-to-expiration bounty; the question was posted on
Since the bounty cannot be awarded until at least 24 hours have been passed, the earliest it can be awarded is
That's odd. All bounties are supposed to be exactly seven days long, with absolutely no exceptions. I don't see an awarded bounty on the question you linked, but I do see the open bounty you referred to and your accepted answer.
When you answered, was there a message like this on the question:
or some other message? As of a few months ago, bounties and accepted answers are completely independent of each other, so I'm wondering if you saw some other message and were still working under the old definition of bounty. More details on the change are described in the blog here.