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What happens to your reputation if you start a bounty and don't get an answer?

This answer provides links that explain how it works. To address the feeling that I think underlies your question: a bounty isn't a payment for an answer; it's a payment for advertising. If you pay ...
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Should there be a bounty award process review queue?

Absolutely not What's the point of a bounty period then? Who knows if the requester is making up an excuse for their forgetting to award a bounty or if they're actually telling the truth? How can a ...
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Is it legit to delete and repost a question that gets no answers?

It is legitimate to delete and undelete a question, but it has no effect (it won't be bumped to the frontpage again). Deleting and reposting the question is not allowed; that would amount to just ...
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Why is my bounty not being awarded according to the rules?

According to all of our logs: The bounty was removed on Dec 27 '15 at 5:09. At the time the bounty got removed, the auto-award script would have been run. At that time, the top answer had a score of ...
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Why is my bounty not being awarded according to the rules?

TL;DR - it is your direct fault that the bounty was not awarded to Tim's answer. You should have either manually awarded it before the bounty was over (by clicking this "blue +100 flag" as you call it)...
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I got a bounty I didn't deserve -- why?

The other answer was posted before the bounty was placed, and therefore it doesn't qualify to receive the bounty (at least not automatically - the user who placed the bounty could have awarded the ...
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Removing bounty from answers that are not worthy?

If none of the answers address your question it might be caused by the question itself. Either because it is not clear what you're looking for or by not limiting the acceptable scope for answers. By ...
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How long is a question unable to be closed after the grace period expires?

Once the grace period expires, there is some delay between that event and when the system attempts to automatically award the bounty. Once the system makes that attempt and either decides a user to ...
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Bounty wrongly assigned to my answer

Looking into the question, it looks like the author accepted an answer 25 minutes after the bounty's grace period ended. As such, as your answer was the highest-scored answer posted within the bounty ...
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When a bounty expires, why is it not awarded to the best answer?

I guess the reason is that usually you start a (new) bounty to get the answer you didn't get before (except for the bounty reason 'award to an existing answer'). Automatically awarding it to the ...
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Bounty created to reward existing answer, only one answer exists, bounty expired

It's all explained in How does the bounty system work? If the answer had been posted and accepted after placing the bounty then it would have been auto awarded to that answer, but answers posted and/...
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Can a user award half their bounty after being AWOL?

No, you can't award the second half of the bounty, and we don't really make exceptions. We understand that bounties can cause stress, dissatisfaction, and unpleasantness as often as they are ...
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Invest unused rep from previous unawarded bounty into a subsequent bounty

I'm against this proposal as it would merely encourage "underbountying" (excuse the coinage). Let's say I have a question that is rather difficult so I estimate that at a bounty of 200 the right kind ...
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Why does this question still show an expired bounty?

The system does not automatically remove the bounty and post notice from a question the moment it expires. Like with many other things on the network, there is a process that runs every so often that ...
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How do I ensure a poor answer doesn't get bounty if it's the only answer?

As long as it's below +2 no automatic bounty will be awarded. If you're fine with the reputation going to /dev/null... Since that answer is at zero, you need do nothing. You cannot explicitly award ...
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Am I using bounties wrong, or misunderstanding them?

Yes, the bounty system can be hard to grasp at times. Let me focus on the changes you're proposing; the other questions can probably be answered by the FAQ, the Help Center or ("Are my questions ...
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Questions with ended bounties are not being removed from the "featured" tab

status-completed, as explained by Marc Gravell in his post on Retrocomputing Meta, this has been fixed. it was everywhere, but it would only be observed if there was a site with an index that was ...
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There should always be a way to intervene and stop a bounty from being auto-awarded

According to the description in the help center. the bounty is only auto-awarded if there exists an answer that was created after the bounty started with a "minimum score of 2". Quote: If you do ...
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How can I find a list of questions that used to have a bounty, i.e. the bounty has been awarded?

You can try this data.SE query I just threw together (remove TOP 50 to get the full list, which will take significantly longer): SELECT TOP 50 PostId AS [Post Link], BountyAmount FROM Votes WHERE ...
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Second bounty should be doubled the amount only if there is an awarded bounty in the question

I am against removing the automatic doubling of bounties. When original bounties are not awarded, I feel it would be especially counterproductive, for two reasons: If an initial bounty did not ...
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Why does a second bounty have to be double the amount of the first one?

Because of the amount of attention a bounty provides, it was found that users could keep adding +50 bounties repeatedly and would gain more than enough upvotes to make up the amount spent.1 This is an ...
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Removing bounty from answers that are not worthy?

Bounties are not auto-awarded to questions with low scores. When you add a bounty to a question, you gain attention for the question. This might bring you new answers, upvotes for the question, or ...
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Bounty created to reward existing answer, only one answer exists, bounty expired

Your bounty reason is only text to show to humans. It is not used by the system for any purpose. Specifically, the auto-awarding code doesn't consider your bounty reason. From How does the bounty ...
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Is it possible that an awarded bounty takes time to be effective?

Nope, it always happens instantaneously. As you can see here, another bounty was awarded to one of your answers today at 03:10:00 UTC: and it immediately showed in your reputation history: In the ...
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Could the bounty system be more fair when bounty owners are "forgetful"?

There's already a system for this in place: If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with a minimum score of 2 ...
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What should I do when the bounty expired but none of the answers really solves the problem?

Can I prevent the auto-awarding? No. Should I manually award the first answer, because the discussion was helpful, even though, the answer itself doesn't solve the issue and I'm not going to use ...
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Removing bounty from answers that are not worthy?

As already stated, Bounties do not guarantee correct or high-quality answers. Bounties simply highlight your question and therefore can lead to more exposure and better answers. Can I retract/refund ...
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Expired and awarded bounties on the same question were awarded to another user

The way I read the bounties tab you show us, the only thing bjb568's name mean there is that this user is the last person who performed an edit on one of the posts (question or answer) related to the ...
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What happens to a bounty if an answer is accepted during the grace period?

Well the bounty has just been awarded (in full), a few hours after the grace period ended. Looking at the bounty awarded indicator (as suggested by the comments below), it was awarded automatically.
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Can a user award half their bounty after being AWOL?

Bounties are spent to promotes question primarily. You get one full week to award the bounty - from 24 hours after issuing it until the end of the 24 hour grace period after it expires. Unless you ...
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