I'm just about to see a bounty I applied to a question time out with no one having answered, although one commenter was very helpful in trying to diagnose the problem. The bountry of 50 points will be lost to the world forever.
I was just wondering, what benefit is there in having the bounty time out? If bounties were to stay indefinitely, is there a downside? If someone comes across a question a year later and has a good answer, why should they not get the points they would have got if they happened to have caught the question earlier?