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Disappearing bounty on a question

This question had a +200 bounty and I see that bounty rules report the following text:

If you do not award your bounty within 7 days, the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with at least 2 upvotes will be awarded half the bounty amount.

I am wondering: Who has got the bounty?

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marked as duplicate by Lance Roberts, Jeff Atwood Jul 7 '11 at 7:43

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The time for auto-awarding of bounties has been extended by 24 hours:

I decided it can't hurt to extend the auto-award period 24 hours past the true end of the bounty. So, the question will stop being a bounty question at the original scheduled time but the auto-accept calculations will always occur 24 hours after that.

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So can the person who asked the Q award bounty to someone else in that 24 hr period??? – xs2bush Jul 29 '11 at 8:20
@xs2bush No, they can't. – Sathya Jul 29 '11 at 9:04
whats the point of the buffer then??? – xs2bush Jul 29 '11 at 9:13
@xs2bush Sorry I was mistaken. I believe the bounty can be awarded to anyone in the 24 hour period. The auto-accept however, will happen only after the 24 hours have passed – Sathya Jul 29 '11 at 9:22

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