I answered this question:

WinJS getPrincipalNameAsync

but I did not get the bounty for it.

Now Is there a way to understand why? Following those 3 point for an eligible answer:

  • The answer must have been given after the bounty was started
  • The answer must have a score of at least +2
  • The answer must not have been written by the bounty starter

I tried to find out if there was a point I didn't satisfy, but where can I find the statistics on where and when the bounty started or ended on that specific question?

EDIT: I created a change request for this:

Shouldn't an edit plus acceptance qualify for a bounty?


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You first answered on February 7, before the bounty was placed on February 10th.

As you quoted yourself:

The answer must have been given after the bounty was started

Emphasis mine. You did edit the post shortly after the bounty was placed, but edits don't count here.

Unfortunately, even marking your answer as accepted during the bounty period does not make it eligible for automatic bounty awarding, see Bounty not awarded automatically — bug?

You can see the bounty history on the post revisions page. This page is not linked from the question as there were no post revisions, but you can construct it yourself by taking the post id and inserting that into:

  • I edited the question so I would not have to create a new one. mine was not a edit but ad addition. And the answer was accepted after my edit. Feb 18, 2014 at 13:50
  • @MaurizioIndenmark: Marking an answer, posted before the bounty started, as accepted doesn't count, I am afraid. I don't agree that it should work that way, but unfortunately that's how it works right now. Feb 18, 2014 at 13:53
  • @MaurizioIndenmark: See Bounty not awarded automatically — bug? Feb 18, 2014 at 13:53
  • The question was marked as accepted after the bounty started. This is therefore just a technicality, because the actual question was added and accepted in the right moment. It shouldn't be possible to make those kind of mistakes, it means the usability of the site is not appropriate Feb 18, 2014 at 13:53
  • It is almost the same question, but mine was infact marked as answer, and during the bounty period Feb 18, 2014 at 13:56
  • I know, that's what I am saying. Marking the answer as accepted doesn't count towards automatic awarding. Feb 18, 2014 at 13:56
  • In this way it could even happen that if I answer the question 1 second before he add the bounty, (just because of the nature of the web), I will not be awarded the bounty even if the answer gets marked.And I see something like that as a bug Feb 18, 2014 at 13:57
  • Indeed, that's the rules. Feb 18, 2014 at 13:58
  • @MaurizioIndenmark: I believe the bounty can still be awarded manually, if the bounty owner selects an answer specifically to receive the bounty. In this case, the bounty owner hasn't done so. Feb 18, 2014 at 14:01
  • @Qantas94Heavy: Yes, the bounty can always be awarded manually, right up to the point where it expires. But that's not at issue here. Feb 18, 2014 at 14:04
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    He was not an experienced user as I am not. I didn't understand at the time that he had to do it manually. Feb 18, 2014 at 14:04
  • @MartijnPieters: I said that as the OP claimed that the automatic bounty awarding method is buggy -- if he didn't understand how bounties work, then it's understandable how one could come to such a conclusion. Feb 18, 2014 at 14:05
  • @MaurizioIndenmark: I know, it has happened to me as well. Very disappointing but nothing we can do about this now. Feb 18, 2014 at 14:05
  • @Qantas94Heavy: The OP is claiming the automatic awarding is buggy because there was an expectation that the bounty would be awarded automatically because the answer was edited and / or accepted during the bounty period. Nowhere is it mentioned that a manual award was expected. Feb 18, 2014 at 14:06
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    @MaurizioIndenmark: Sure, but an automated system has to follow practical rules; if the OP didn't manually award the bounty there is little we can do afterwards. Feb 18, 2014 at 14:12

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