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In case of questions where the bounty amount expires, I believe the bounty is supposed to be given to the highest voted answer after the bounty was announced, with atleast 2 upvotes.

However, how does it work if no such answer was created?

I am specifically asking w.r.t this question

Unable to install Windows XP : Blue screen error pops up before "Starting Windows Setup"

where the bounty was awarded to harrymc whose answer was 1 hour before mine, both have 2 upvotes and both were posted before the bounty.

However, the bounty was awarded to harrymc. whats the reason behind that?

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However, how does it work if no such answer was created?

I believe no bounty is awarded if the bounty conditions do not match.

where the bounty was awarded to harrymc whose answer was 1 hour before mine, both have 2 upvotes and both were posted before the bounty.

That's not quite correct.

The bounty was started on 20th.

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You posted on Nov 21, 08:28, harry posted on Nov 21, 07:46. Community chose harry's because he had posted prior to you. Seems fine to me.

  • FAQ says "If you do not award your bounty within 7 days, the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with at least 2 upvotes will be awarded half the bounty amount." both our answers were before the bounty started.. – Akash Dec 1 '10 at 16:14
  • Bounty was started on 20th. You posted on Nov 21, 08:28, harry posted on 07:46. Community chose harry's because he had posted prior to you. Seems fine to me. – Sathyajith Bhat Dec 1 '10 at 16:21
  • OK.. Misremembered the date I guess.. – Akash Dec 1 '10 at 16:39

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