I have a question on which I set a bounty. No one answered and the bounty period has expired. I get a message on the question page asking me to award the bounty to someone within 23 hours. Who do I award it to? How do I award it? No one replied to the question so how is it possible to award it to anyone?

  • What question was it on? There are around 300-400 questions with bounties on SO, and I still see some questions (specifically in the java section, there are 2) without answers after a week of a 200 rep bounty
    – Azulflame
    Sep 25 '12 at 16:22

It's not possible to award it to anyone. If nobody answers within 23 hours, just let it expire. That's it. No harm done.

  • There was a comment though, does that count? Sep 25 '12 at 16:21
  • Nope. You can't award it to a comment(er). Should their particular comment have been something that can be turned into a good constructive answer, you can ask them to do so. But if not, then there's not much that can be done.
    – Bart
    Sep 25 '12 at 16:21
  • No, comments are not answers, so they do not count. Sep 25 '12 at 16:21
  • thanks for your help. Sep 25 '12 at 16:22
  • Just faced a similar issue - not only I had to figure out the answer myself, I also ended up loosing points I put up as bounty. Everyone works hard for those points and wasting them sucks. Why can't bounty be given back to a user if there is only one answer by OP? Or no answers at all? Apr 24 '17 at 19:08

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