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I understand that there has been a post in the past:

Offer bounty refund on "good" question with no answers

That has addressed this exactly but as a feature request, perhaps this is a new topic. I read the complete bounty award system, and understand that bounty is a price to pay in reputation to get attention to complicated questions and accept it with a pinch of salt. However, there maybe times when featured questions don't get any answers. I completely understand that the author chose no provided answers but in that case, people did answer his question. I wanted to ask why and how a bounty system could be exploited if you got lot of up-votes (let's say 5) and no answers and your bounty expired, this is just a waste of the reputation perhaps. Could there be a partial refund of the bounty, with an emphasis on the amount offered as well as the amount of upvotes it got because it got featured. I'd appreciate some thoughts on this.

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Could there be a partial refund of the bounty, with an emphasis on the amount offered as well as the amount of upvotes it got because it got featured.

If you offer a bounty on your own question (which happens in no less than 84% of the bounties on Stack Overflow) the reputation gained from upvotes already form a partial refund of the bounty, even in the case when you do get a satisfying answer.

Otherwise, a bounty can be thought of an advertisement. Companies that sell advertising space rarely give refunds if your campaign wasn't successful, so I doubt anything like this is going to happen on Stack Exchange.

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