I had posted a question and offered bounty of +50 on it. I guess it was around 7 hours left for the bounty to expire, and I received an answer. This was the only answer for the question, and the answer was also correct. But now after getting an answer, the question says "start a bounty". It doesn't show my offered bounty. Where has the bounty lost? How did it expire before the expiry time? I even accepted the answer as correct and upvoted the answer. But I am unable to offer the bounty to the person who answered the question.

  • Did you looked at : faq and meta.stackexchange.com/questions/16065/… ? When did the bounty disappeared? After the answer had been posted?
    – M'vy
    Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 10:17
  • Yes @M'vy. As soon as the answer was posted, the bounty disappeared. Although I got a reminder email that the bounty will expire in 23 hours. This email was received at 08:54 PM yesterday. So it should expire at around 08:00 PM today. Right now it is 03:50 PM, but the bounty is expired. Strange !
    – Hasan
    Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 10:50

2 Answers 2


This was my bug, which has been fixed. I've also refunded your bounty.

If you want to start the bounty again, I'll make sure that Syeda gets the award.

  • @Hasan - doh, we had just deployed some code that would allow developers to award bounties (a configuration option, off by default), but you beat me to it! Commented Jun 27, 2011 at 0:04

This indeed strange, bounty got expired exactly 7 hours before it should.

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ref: https://stackoverflow.com/posts/6058381/revisions

And the answer is posted few minutes after bounty is expired.

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    Weird! A time zone misconfiguration perhaps?
    – Pekka
    Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 10:26
  • @Pekka, could be, I can't think of anything other than that.
    – YOU
    Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 10:36
  • Even I think that the issue would be due to what @Pekka said.
    – Hasan
    Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 10:52
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    @Pekka: Maybe this is related? Introduction of new features often introduces new bugs. Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 11:41
  • @Hendrik oh, that was implemented? Great! Yeah, it might indeed have to do with that.
    – Pekka
    Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 11:42

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