This thread had a bounty of 150 on it ...

How to add statusbar correctly?

My answer was accepted a day or so before the bounty finished and I note the user has lost the reputation. On the other hand I never received the bounty. Why is that?


3 Answers 3


Because OP didn't click +150 icon under it, and you don't have +2 upvotes to get half bounty.

Bounty rules changed, and accepting an answer does not automatically award bounty anymore.

  • 1
    Ahh ... what a bummer.
    – Goz
    Jun 28, 2010 at 8:12
  • 3
    So OP can post bounty to draw attention to their question and then never award it? Guess I'll be doing that for every question I post. +1000 to anyone who answers my question! SIKE. Jun 1, 2017 at 22:14
  • @CharlieMartin but as I understand you will lose each time the rep even if you do not award it ?
    – Darius.V
    Apr 26, 2022 at 19:07

The implementation has changed a bit to better accommodate careless bounty owners. :)

If ...

  • the bounty was started by the question owner
  • the question owner accepts an answer during the bounty period
  • the bounty award period expires without an explicit award

... then we assume the question owner liked your answer when they accepted it, and it gets the full amount of the bounty at time of bounty expiration.

  • Will this apply retroactively, or only for bounties set henceforth?
    – nhinkle
    May 17, 2011 at 0:55
  • @nhinkle it won't apply retroactively May 17, 2011 at 1:22
  • 2
    Nice one ... so many times people fail to click the bounty award button!
    – Goz
    May 19, 2011 at 15:21
  • @Jeff: you might also want to look into the time limit. As I read the comments on this answer, some of the "careless bounty owners" may in fact be users who genuinely tried to grant their bounty on the spot, but couldn't do so because the system wouldn't allow them to, and forgot to do so later. Jun 10, 2011 at 11:34
  • @Jeff: So what happens if you set a bounty on someone else's question? Does it get auto awarded to the accepted question even though the OP is not the bounty owner? Or does it not work in this case, with the default rules for half being awarded applied? Jun 14, 2011 at 13:29
  • @today it is exactly the same rules as if you are the owner Jun 14, 2011 at 18:49
  • Is this true even if the accepted answer had been posted before the bounty was set?
    – msh210
    Jun 22, 2011 at 19:39

I would probably guess that they only accepted your answer but didn't assign the bounty to you. And you won't get half the bounty automatically as you need at least 2 up votes

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