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?
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.