I've read the FAQ, the blog post announcing the decoupling of bounty from answer accepting, and many of the questions here relating to bounty, but I still haven't figured out why this bounty system works so non-intuitively.
Here's what happened recently:
- I asked a question on StackOverflow
- Having received no answers, I added a bounty.
- Someone provided an answer.
- I accepted an answer
Why would I not expect that in my accepting of that answer that my bounty would automatically be awarded? Luckily, the answerer notified me that the bounty would expire and only give him half (!?).
I understand that:
- Others can now offer bounty on a question they didn't ask – it makes sense that bounty would have to be manually in those cases.
- Bounty can be auto-awarded when it expires.
However, I don't understand why with what seems like the most common scenario, we wouldn't auto-award the bounty to the answerer of the actual accepted answer. What is the purpose of making it more difficult to do what is obviously intended?
Note: I didn't notice this popup reminder or maybe just didn't realize that the bounty system had changed since I had last used it. This popup should make it clear that "you haven't awarded your bounty to this answer" which is not intuitively obvious, which should lead us to question why awarding the bounty is a separate step.