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