I set a bounty of 500 for answer to my question, nothing happened no accepted answer, although I didn't get the right answer the people who tried to answer should get the reputation or I should get it back, here is the question:
What happens if there's no answer after the bounty period?
Once a bounty is started, the question owner is obligated to select an answer. If the owner does not choose one, auto-accept may be activated if:
- answer has been posted AFTER the bounty started
- and answer has at least 2 upvotes
If the bounty expires without an accepted answer, no answer can ever be accepted for that question.
What is Auto-Accepting?
If after one week no answer is accepted by the original poster, then the new answers with at least +2 upvotes posted after the bounty start are considered eligible for auto-accepting. The one with the most upvotes (or in the case of a tie, the earliest) will be automatically accepted and awarded half of the bounty.
If no new answer has reached at least +2 votes, the bounty is forfeit.
A few things:
You should have gotten two email notifications as well as two SO site notifications that your bounty was closing. Once the bounty has started, it is the owner's responsibility to accept a suitable answer before the end of the bounty period.
Your question was a bit unclear; you posted an answer 11 hours ago that said "Sorry guys this wasn't what I was looking for, I wanted to see how to do it using application context with bean injection". This really should have been edited into the question 4-5 days ago, while the bounty was still running.
At the very least you could have provided comments on existing answers so others can see what did and didn't work for you. I count ONE comment on the answers.
Bounty is not magic fairy dust that magically makes the perfect answer appear -- you have to put some effort into it too!