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Why does it say one day in one of them, but 24 hours in another?


One day is the equivalent of 24 hours. A minute probably ticked by before the next notification so it's no longer 1 day. So they round it to a more "reasonable" hour, hence 23 hours. But the actual time is still closer to 24 hours, but they don't want to push 2 notifications on the same hour because reminding the user twice at a time won't help.

From StackOverflow page on Bounties:

If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with a minimum score of 2 will be awarded half the bounty amount. If two or more eligible answers have the same score (i.e., their scores are tied), the oldest answer is awarded the bounty. If there's no answer meeting those criteria, the bounty is not awarded to anyone.

If the bounty was started by the question owner, and the question owner accepts an answer posted during the bounty period, and the bounty expires without an explicit award then we assume the bounty owner liked the answer they accepted and award it the full bounty amount at the time of bounty expiration.


Also, a special note from Shadow Wizard:

"expiring in one day" and "expiring soon" are two different events, with different code for each.

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  • No, it's on two separate days. One says the bounty will expire (one day). One says the bounty has expired, but will be awarded (24). – Tim Dec 13 '14 at 17:23
  • I'm pretty sure that both notifications clearly state "Bounty expiring..." not "Bounty has expired". After a bounty has been placed, it will expire within a certain time. Since the bounty is on your own question, it can be auto-rewarded. – boxspah Dec 13 '14 at 18:11
  • It's not my own question. They are 2 different things, aren't they? One says that it will end, which is different to the end if the grace period... – Tim Dec 13 '14 at 18:44
  • The top one says when the bounty will expire (the time the bounty will exist for). The other says when it will be auto-rewarded because it meets the criteria for an auto-reward (see the block quote in my answer for details). – boxspah Dec 15 '14 at 23:26
  • I know what they are for. Why are they using different units? – Tim Dec 16 '14 at 15:51
  • No update on why they are? – Tim Mar 20 '15 at 18:58
  • Sorry, I haven't been able to find legitimate reasons on the unit difference. – boxspah Mar 20 '15 at 19:48
  • @Tim I just picked up from Shadow Wizard that: "expiring in one day" and "expiring soon" are two different events, with different code for each. – boxspah Apr 29 '15 at 22:16

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