My question didn't got much attention even after offering the bounty.
You've got four answers, and at least one of them shows a great deal of thought and effort. Perhaps it's not a perfect answer from your point of view, but it's a darn good answer and it looks like it was added during the bounty period.
A bounty is not a guarantee of the answer that you'...
I know that without that bounty, the question isn't going to be answered.
I've heard a lot of people say that. Quite a few of them got their answer before they were able to put the bounty on the post.
This reason is not new. In fact, it's pretty much the primary reason people give when the propose the exact change that you're proposing. This is nothing ...
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 1, and was not accepted. You had removed the accepted status from it on Dec 27 '15 at 2:27 and re-added it again on Dec 27 '15 at 5:29 to immediately remove it ...
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 bumping the question. If you do that too often, you'll attract attention of the ♦ moderators who might want to have a word with you.
There are examples of answers given after the bounty had expired but still in the grace period that won the bounty.
Capturing break/interrupt command
Bounty started on Sep 26 '11 at 16:34
Bounty Winning answer Oct 4 '11 at 8:13.
Automatic Example How can I make OpenFlow work correctly in iOS 5.0?
Bounty Started on Oct 9 '11 at 18:53
I think your missing the point of placing a bounty. It's to get attention for your question. It does not mean nor guarantee you will get a valid answer, and why must you get credit or a refund for a service rendered as advertised?
Honestly, do you get a refund when you place an ad in your local paper and no one responds? If you do, the newspaper is ...
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), or leave it accepted, thus causing it to be auto awarded when the bounty was over. By accepting your own answer, you nullified the auto award.
Now to ...
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 to run an ad and get no sales that doesn't mean the place you ran the ad owes you a refund; similarly, a bounty that produces no answers is a sunk cost.
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 putting a bounty on a question you are able to raise the attention for your question. It puts your question in the spotlight. That spotlight can result in an, ...
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 bounty to one of the other answers but needed to do so actively). Your answer was actually the only one qualifying for the bounty.
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 period (with a score of at least 2), your answer was automatically awarded half the bounty. (If the author had accepted their answer before the grace period ...
A bounty is like placing an ad - you pay money to get more eyeballs on your question.
It doesn't guarantee you will get an answer or that any answers you do get will be of any help.
Like paying for an ad, you don't get money back if it didn't work as you expected.
Reading about how the bounty system works would have told you all this.
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 existing highest scoring answer defeats that purpose, and might not do what the question poster actually wanted (there would be no way to prevent this behavior too)....
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 wonderful and go smoothly. That's why we try to make the whole process very clear and helpful. When you place a bounty, the dialog immediately tells the user that the ...
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 of people will provide good answers.
Strategy 1: Set the bounty to 200 right from the start.
Strategy 2: Try to see whether I can get an ...
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/or accepted before the bounty period are not eligible to be awarded to automatically....
Not a lot you can do about that now; once the bounty is gone it is ...
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 the bounty to no one but here the answer has not met the minimum criteria
I would regard this as a case of "sh*t happens". Normally it is up to you as the awarder of the bounty to make sure you can actually award it before it expires and the grace period (another bit of time awarded to you) is over. That is your responsibility.
And even if you forget to do so, half the bounty will automatically be awarded to a new answer which ...
Now I want to start a +200 bounty because this is a critical question for me, but as long as the +50 bounty wasn't awarded to anyone yet, shouldn't I be able to re-assign it to my current bounty and make it a +250 bounty ?
The principal function of a bounty is to draw attention to your question (just like any other paid ad).
Even if you don't get the ...
If you want to add a second bounty, you will have to add a bounty of double the value of your previous bounty. Since that appears to have been a bounty of 200, your new bounty should be 400. You don't have enough rep left to do so.
Given that you actually set a bounty of 400 but did not award it, half of it got awarded to the eligible answer given ...
As described here in detail:
Can I award a bounty to my own answer?
No. This used to be possible, but it has been
disabled. The user would not
get the reputation back, and the bounty will be displayed as +0,
“this answer has been awarded bounty worth 0 reputation”.
What happens if there's no answer after the bounty period?
If after ...
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 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 will be awarded ...
When you assign a bounty to a question, you are pretty much "paying" for extra attention. Your question is shown on a separate tab on the homepage, and on the pages of the tags with which your question is tagged.
The Stack Overflow community, by going to this tab and viewing your question, spends time away from the other questions on the site. This time ...
Unfortunately, you cannot predict what you will get by offering a bounty. It does not garantee new answers or better answers. It simply puts it in a different section with other featured questions and therefore, making it easier to spot amongs all questions on SO.
Now for the fact that you didn't get any new answers I think the first comment that you have ...
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 changing from non-empty to empty, most commonly
because the last "featured" question expired or was awarded. That
means we wouldn't expect to see it on ...
Wait for some time. Give some time to run scripts. Bounties will be awarded to you. It takes time to run automatic scripts. Usually it takes 1-2 hours after grace period for automatic awarded bounty.
Nick Craver explains this in Miscalculation of grace period?:
The bounty auto-award job does indeed run once an hour, there may be a gap between when the ...
It was a matter of time, half of the bounty is now attributed.
Bounty Ended with 25 reputation awarded by Community♦ occurred 14 mins ago (2012-08-31 13:30:08Z)
The script checking the criteria for the bounty doesn't execute right away, but at set times. Apparently, it happened a little more than one hour later.
Extract from the FAQ: How does the ...