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I have a question for which I have set a bounty points of 50. Now my question is, What happens if I don't award someone with my bounty? Will it be re credited to my reputation? or Will it become a waste since I have not used it?

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marked as duplicate by Cody Gray, Tobias Kienzler, hims056, Aziz Shaikh, Rory Aug 20 '13 at 10:29

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I notice that there's an accepted answer on your bounty question that doesn't have any upvotes. I can't help but wonder why if it's addressed your problem you at least haven't upvoted it (it was presumably useful) and why you wouldn't want to award the bounty... – forsvarir Jun 14 '11 at 9:19
Total waste as Sathya answered correctly below. If you get new answer I suggest to grant the bounty even if the answer is not perfect. – Shadow Wizard Jun 14 '11 at 9:54

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The bounty ends with no rep being allocated to anyone, unless the criteria for automatic awarding is met (in which case half of the bounty is awarded). Note that you don't get the rep back.

The criteria for an answer to be eligible for automatic awarding are as follows:

  • The answer must be given after the bounty was started
  • The answer must have a score of at least +2
  • If two or more eligible answers have the same score, the oldest answer is awarded the bounty.

If no answers meet these criteria, the bounty ends without it being awarded to any answer, and is not refunded to the bounty starter.

bounty on MSO

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Man, this is unfair! Why shouldn't the OP get back his bounty points if no one was able to answer his question! – Cupidvogel Feb 22 at 16:22
At least system should says no one answers to this question and bounty ends without it being awarded to any one. Any one. – Mr.Hyde Jun 24 at 11:49
If the OP got his bounty back if no answer was accepted, then that would be an incentive for nasty users to offer a bounty, reap the additional attention and assistance, and then never mark an answer. – Daniel Griscom Sep 5 at 18:07

Is your question: dismissing Progress Dialog ?

YES NO->Use Sathya's answer


Did you accept it after setting the bounty?

YES NO->Use Sathya's answer


The bounty will be awarded to the accepted answer.

2011-05-16: When bounty is started by the question owner and the owner Accepts an answer during the bounty period, the full bounty will be awarded to that answer if the owner does not explicitly give it to other answer before the bounty expires.

(source: Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange)

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