How does the bounty system work?
I put +250 bounty on:
No answers - I felt - answered the question to a satisfactory degree, so I didn't award the bounty. But when the bounty expired, I was expecting the bounty to credit back to my account, but it didn't: it just dissipated into the void, which is a shame.
Is it meant to do that? That's ok if it is. But it seems a shame my 250 rep I have earned has just vanished; if I knew that was going to happen I would have awarded it to the best answer.