Since a bounty does not necessarily result in any answers, should the prompt

This question had a bounty worth +X reputation from Whomever that ended Y hours ago; you have (24 - Y) hours to award the bounty

even be there on questions with no answers to award to?

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    Now if there is ever a situation where the bounty should be refunded, that's it.
    – agf
    Oct 4, 2011 at 19:14
  • @agf Well, I did get three question upvotes out of it. Still not 100 rep, but not nothing, either. Of course, with SO being the official forum of the product, one would hope for a little more response...
    – Andrew
    Oct 4, 2011 at 19:31
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    And at least one pity vote for having linked to the question from this meta post.
    – Andrew
    Oct 4, 2011 at 19:32
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    The message could still be useful if it were possible to award the bounty to new answers that come in within this period. Though the message should be changed. Oct 4, 2011 at 20:24
  • @JeffMercado Is it possible to award the bounty to answers up to 24 hours "late?" I actually don't know.
    – Andrew
    Oct 4, 2011 at 20:42
  • Nope, you cannot award the bounty to answers that are posted in the 24 hour grace period.
    – Arjan
    Oct 4, 2011 at 20:45
  • OK, now it just looks like people are performing a "vigilante partial refund" of the bounty by continuing to upvote the question. If I were a better man, I'd unlink the question. I'm not, so I won't. Pex is a pretty cool tool, though -- worth your time if you work in the .NET realm and have a way to get licensing (MSDN or academic). So, if you're going to upvote, at least go see what Pex is about.
    – Andrew
    Oct 4, 2011 at 20:55
  • Q: What's worse than "1 answers"? A: "0 answers". May 23, 2015 at 3:51
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    Current the notice has a form "This bounty has ended. Answers that other users post to this question are eligible for a +X reputation bounty. You have (24 - Y) hours to award this bounty to an eligible answer." but the meaning of the situation is the same. Aug 13 at 8:44
  • Just FYI to anyone reading this, Arjan's comment above that bounties cannot be awarded to answers posted during the grace period is incorrect - bounties can be awarded to such answers. (cc @αλεχολυτ) Aug 13 at 21:51


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