A user fixes a sizeable bounty on a question, then after a couple of days real life intervenes and that user is absent for a week or more. At the end of the bounty period the system kicks into action, and awards half the bounty to the answer that has gained the highest number of upvotes during the user's absence.
All fine and dandy. But what happens when the user returns? Can the questioner award the second half of their bounty? Are there mitigating circumstances? For example; illness, flooded home, bereavement, car accident etc.?
Yes, I am that user. And no, I do not possess a smartphone, and I had other things more urgent on my mind than awarding bounties.
I have asked this question on EL&U meta but so far received no answer. A deafening silence.
I suspect that the answer will be negative, but I'd like an explanation. I believe exceptions should be made especially if users have proven to be reliable, and, reasonable people and members of the community.
Two users have suggested that I set up a new bounty and award the missing points, but as I pointed out in my comment to @Servy, a second bounty means doubling the first bounty. In my case this would be 400 points. I can spare the points, but in all honesty I don't feel the answer deserves such "high praise". It's a good answer, it received 5 upvotes, but it's not brilliant. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind awarding the original bounty of 200 points. I think that would be fair. NB I will have awarded 400 rep points, if that opportunity is conceded to me.