I know this happens. It is clearly stated. I want to know WHY. rep is not money. So SO has no need of it. Why is the rep just discarded after the time limit expires?
- A traditional bounty is awarded. Until that time, it remains the property of awarder.
- Why is it bad reputation to seek and answer? This is in affect what SO is saying by irrevocably subtracting the rep - Rep is subtracted for poor answers.
Therefore, I do not think that part of the current bounty system makes sense.
Sorry if this has been answered before. Please point me in the right direction. I want to know WHY.
If there is no good reason for this feature, I'd like to request that the bounty returns back to the originator once the time limit is reached.
This is not a dup. This question was closed as a dup, but the question was not answered in the linked posts: Bounty Question Not Answered and Reputation Points Lost
Unfortunately, people cannot read so well these days - or maybe they are just trigger happy.