Recently, I activated a bounty of 100 on one of my questions. The bounty grace period has now ended. Here is a link to my question: Stack_overflow_bounty_question.

The notification of bounty appears as given below:

Bounty Question

  • My question still not has received any kind of answer from anyone. Then why does this message or notification appear?

    Award this bounty to the best answer as soon as possible.

This question is entirely different from the suggested answers. This notification is clearly a bug that is to be fixed according to this answer bounty-grace-period.

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  • I have already visited this link. My question is that why this notification appears that Award this bounty to the best answer. When there is no more answer? Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 16:52
  • I was replying to your second question. Regarding your first one, I guess it shouldn't say "award this bounty" if the question hasn't received any answers; so, yes this seems like a bug.
    – 41686d6564
    Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 16:56
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    Does this answer your question? Bounty grace period - no answers - award it to who exactly?. It certainly seems to be a bit slow to remove the banner.
    – Rob
    Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 17:35
  • The question is now updated. Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 17:35
  • @Rob Thanks for your comment. Actually, My Question is If there is no answer, then why this notification Appears as given " Award this bounty to best answer". I know how the bounty system works. Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 17:40
  • @MuhammadUsman Both the answers in the duplicate link that I suggested exactly answer your question, and the question is also the same as yours (with exception of the delay aspect). It is the other suggested duplicate, about the "X-Y problem", that you might question. If you wish you can clairify in your question why my suggested duplicate does not apply, or you can leave it as-is and the other reviewers will sort the matter out for you. You are also welcome to find a better duplicate and offer that.
    – Rob
    Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 17:48
  • @Rob my question is about notification or message which is appearing in the above-given picture, Which is (Again), My question hasn't received any answer and notification seems like there are answers? Is there any kind of duplicity? Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 17:56
  • Shouldn't the bigger question be that it's telling you to award the bounty after the grace period is over?
    – Alex
    Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 17:59
  • @MuhammadUsman Please read the body of the suggested duplicate question. It says exactly what you just said. And then, the accepted answer there indicates that it is indeed a bug. What other information are you seeking?
    – 41686d6564
    Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 17:59
  • @Rob I think this bounty notification has to be improved if answers aren't given. That is what I'm asking. Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 18:05
  • @Rob It's clearly a bug. If your array has no elements and your asking for the best one possible which is max. Then it would be an empty array. Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 18:07
  • There must be an improved notification. Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 18:07
  • @MuhammadUsman When anyone votes to close a question it goes into the Review Queue. The first person whom reviews the other user's close vote has their name tagged on an automatically generated message, unless they delete the comment (that's not the correct thing to do) to avoid people replying to the comment. You are most welcome to agree or disagree with the reviewers, but I don't need to know what your decision is; I'll be doing nothing with the information. People have objected to the wording of the automatic comment, you can do so also, I'm not an employee and won't be fixing it.
    – Rob
    Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 18:36
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    @Rob Thanks for your detailed stuff. Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 18:38

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I don't see an issue with the message text. You are being told to award the bounty to the best answer as soon as possible. If no answers currently exist, then "as soon as possible" will be after an answer is posted.

  • What does that mean then "as soon as possible" will be after an answer is posted? Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 18:09
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    @MuhammadUsman It doesn't tell you to award it "now", which would indeed be impossible. It tells you to do it as soon as possible – at the first opportunity you have. It won't necessarily be immediately. It might be after you read all the answers. It might be when you get to a computer. And in some cases it might be after someone posts an answer.
    – Alex
    Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 18:11
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    Let me explain. 1- Bounty grace period is expired. 2- No Answers After that period. 3- No Answer Even bounty is expired. When the Answer is not available, not even when a bounty is expired. Then Why this kind of notification. There must be some informative notification. I know my bounty won't be recalculated. Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 18:17
  • @MuhammadUsman If the grace period has ended you can't award the bounty anyway, even if there had been answers beforehand.
    – Alex
    Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 18:19
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    @Alex: I think OP is asking what the point of the notification is, then, since they can't do anything about it.
    – V2Blast
    Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 1:31
  • @V2Blast The original title made it seem like that was indeed the question, but it was then edited to focus instead on the fact that there are no answers (rather than that the bounty is over).
    – Alex
    Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 1:40

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