Existing, already-answered question: Program for displaying network activity by each app for MacOSX
My own unanswered and closed question: Free program for displaying network bandwidth by each app for MacOSX
The answers to the existing question don't answer in any way the question I am interested in.
Now, I was told here that I just should start a bounty on the already answered question.
I just did that, and the bounty ended without helping me at all. The default when I don't specify any answer — giving it to the answer with the highest score — does not make sense. That answer does not help me at all. None of the answers do help me.
Now I wonder what I should do. I am still waiting for an answer to my question. My question still is closed. To get traction on it, I would have to start another bounty. I am very short with reputation on Super User, so I can't just always do that again and again.
To not lose the reputation senselessly for the first bounty, I thought I would make a dummy answer and give that dummy answer the reputation. That way, I could keep my question open with further bounties until really got answered. That didn't work for some reason. It seems I just lost the reputation. Was that a bug/problem or is this intended?
How should I handle this? Obviously I cannot just always open bounties again and again until I get an answer. So should I just ignore it and go on to another question/answer site where unanswered questions can stay open?
Or maybe the system should be fixed so I can get the reputation back from bounties that didn't get me an answer I wanted.