I have seen several posts regarding bounty awarding (it is going to be my first bounty awarded, so pretty excited) and I understand from this post that I should wait until the bounty notice disappears to receive it. My question is simply, is there a time of the day that the system checks for it? Or is it more periodical, like every hour?

Edit Now that there is a bounty on this post, perhaps we can check directly what is the behavior, if someone is so kind as to write an answer

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    Once the grace period is over and your answer qualifies for the 1/2 bounty, there's a check that runs periodically (not sure when) to check if your answer qualifies.
    – Andrew Li
    Mar 17, 2017 at 14:33
  • @AndrewLi This time seems to be also existing when your answer was accepted. Time to award it seems in my case to have taken between 1 and 2 hours.
    – Adonis
    Mar 17, 2017 at 14:40

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The check for bounties runs once an hour. Just looking at data here, all automatic awards seem to take between 1 and 2 hours from when the bounty ended to occur. I honestly don't know why there's always an extra hour delay; there must be an explicit check that is an hour off somewhere (as in the script that checks eligibility for auto-award seems to be looking for questions that have had the bounty an hour longer than when the grace period actually runs out).

  • Very good answer, thank you for your contribution
    – Adonis
    Mar 24, 2017 at 9:09

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