If I recall correctly I answered the question during bounty period and it was accepted as answer during that period.

According to this meta link:

Approximately 24 hours after the end of the bounty period, if the bounty starter has not manually awarded the bounty, the bounty may be awarded automatically.

If the bounty starter accepted an answer during the bounty period, that answer is awarded the bounty (provided that the answer was posted during the bounty period). Answers accepted before the bounty period are not eligible to be awarded the bounty automatically.

Otherwise, if there are eligible answers, the highest scoring is awarded half the bounty amount. The criteria for an answer to be eligible are:

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 If two or more eligible answers have the same score (if their scores are tied), the oldest answer is awarded the bounty.

If neither of these conditions apply, the bounty is not awarded to any answer, and is not refunded to the bounty starter.

When can I report this issue and validate this?


I could be wrong, but I would like to know what had happened.


My answer here is accepted as an answer during the bounty period and the bounty was offered by questioner himself.

But I am not auto awarded the bounty.

This question had a bounty worth +50 reputation from Piwwoli that ended yesterday. Grace period has ended

This question has not received enough attention.

Here is the chronology revision of the question


  • oh ! Is that right ? – Durai Amuthan.H Apr 27 '15 at 13:50
  • Although the wording is actually pretty clear that it must be a +2 score, is the +2 score really required. If a user awards the answer and the topic doesnt have much interest is the awarded answer not satisfactory for the posting user? I would like to say that the answer must not have a negative score as this implies the accepted answer is not a reasonable answer and the question has other interests? I am sure this could be debated and an algorithm evolved against others answers but was just curious. – Nico Apr 27 '15 at 13:53
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    @Nico: Although the wording is actually pretty clear that it must be a +2 score – I would not say so. The +2 score is only mentioned in the part starting with otherwise. – Wrzlprmft Apr 27 '15 at 14:17
  • @Duraiamuthan.H: If your account is correct, you have found a bug and the default way to report this is to ask a question here that is tagged bug (i.e., simply tag your question with bug). – Wrzlprmft Apr 27 '15 at 14:18
  • @Wrzlprmft - Yes , you are correct ! Thanks for clarifying the bug ! – Durai Amuthan.H Apr 27 '15 at 14:26
  • Re your latest update: looks like you got the bounty. See my answer on a different question for an explanation on that. – animuson Apr 29 '15 at 16:21
  • Thanks ! It was helpful to me – Durai Amuthan.H Apr 29 '15 at 16:23

That's if the bounty starter accepted an answer. In this case, the bounty starter was not the owner of the question - it was just some other user. So it's not possible that they would have accepted an answer during that period because they don't own the question.

  • Is it possible that I can verify via Stack Exchange Data Explorer ? like was the question offered a bounty by some other person or questioner himself ? – Durai Amuthan.H Apr 27 '15 at 15:14
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    You can see who offered it in the revision history for the question. – animuson Apr 27 '15 at 15:15
  • Thanks ..it is helpful – Durai Amuthan.H Apr 27 '15 at 15:21
  • If this can confuse someone like Martijn, perhaps it would be best to clarify the wording? – Nathan Tuggy Apr 27 '15 at 16:12
  • @NathanTuggy: the wording is there, I just glossed over it: If the bounty starter accepted an answer during the bounty period. – Martijn Pieters Apr 28 '15 at 7:24
  • @animuson - Can you check my update on the question , Thanks. – Durai Amuthan.H Apr 28 '15 at 12:08
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    @MartijnPieters Wouldn't hurt to spell it out though: If the bounty starter is also the question asker and accepted an answer during the bounty period... – starsplusplus Apr 28 '15 at 13:48
  • @starsplusplus: it's more that I forgot to check who started the bounty there. – Martijn Pieters Apr 28 '15 at 13:49

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