So I had put a bounty out on a question and still no viable answers were found. Now that the bounty and grace period has ended, shouldn't I get those points back?


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Unfortunately, you don't get the reputation back. See How does the bounty system work? :(

What happens if there's no answer after the bounty period?

What happens if I feel my question is still unanswered?

What is automatic awarding?

Twenty-four hours after the end of the bounty period, if the bounty starter has not manually awarded the bounty, an eligible answer can be automatically awarded half the bounty amount. The criteria for an answer to be eligible for automatic awarding are as follows:

The answer must be given after the bounty was started
The answer must have a score of at least +2

If two or more eligible answers have the same score, the oldest answer is awarded the bounty.

If no answers meet these criteria, the bounty ends without it being awarded to any answer, and is not refunded to the bounty starter.

An accepted answer that does not meet the above criteria is still ignored by the automatic-awarding system unless it is accepted during the bounty period. An answer accepted during the bounty period will automatically be awarded the full bounty.

  • Anyway to change that? It's really unfortunate that we use that to try to get more attention on a question and the points get wasted. Nov 18, 2011 at 5:50
  • Agreed, I had it happen to me on StackOverflow. Probably this won't ever change.. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/73548/…
    – Kit Menke
    Nov 18, 2011 at 14:10
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    There was a discussion somewhere on stackoverflow to change the way it works as now. You still won't get any refund if there is at last one answer but 0 answer question would be refunded. Will try to get that link.
    – SPArcheon
    Nov 21, 2011 at 10:25
  • This just happend to my question now. Is there any update on refunding the bounty points for 0 answer questions??
    – Forza
    Dec 6, 2016 at 19:19

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