The user who posted the bounty got deleted - and that left the bounty in place. with community as the owner, since deleted users get merged with community.
I've refunded the bounty, just so its less confusing.
Clicking the green checkmark does not award the bounty to a user. As far as I am aware, the only way a bounty is awarded is if the person who started the bounty clicks the button to award the bounty. Otherwise, half of the bounty will go to the highest upvoted answer at the end of the bounty period, if there is an answer with at least a score of 2.
Bounties are only revoked in exceptional circumstances. As mentioned by the MSE answer linked by David "I made a mistake" is a problem but by no means exceptional.
We also cannot prove one way or another that you did actually make a mistake and posted a bounty on the wrong question. It is up to you to be sure you are in the right place before making the ...
Very few of the unanswered questions are ones that just need an edit bump or a bounty to get them answered.
We should certainly do that when it will help, but that won't make a big dent.
Ones that should have been closed for the normal reasons sometimes don't gain closure traction before the action expires. If it's an old question, current standards may ...
It seems as though some users on Stack Exchange are a bit trigger-happy
when it comes to closing questions.
Somebody asks "How do I do X on Windows 10?", and it gets closed
as a duplicate of "How do I do X on Windows 7?"
Or Solaris and Linux.
Or bash and zsh.
And the talking heads come out and say, "Well, it's the same question.
If those answers don't ...
Flag for moderator attention, and in the "other" box state that it's off-topic but you can't close it because of the bounty. If a moderator deems it to be off-topic, they will remove the bounty and close the post.
Your bounty was refunded because the question itself is off topic for the site, so no point in awarding a bounty for it when it should instead be closed or migrated.
And you cannot do either with an active bounty.
Some may just answer anyway hoping that the bounty will be awarded to them by way of expiration or default. Others will choose to flag a ...
You could always offer another bounty on the question after the existing bounty is finished.
In this case the minimum rep you can award would be doubled up to 100, so you should be sure that you believe the answer merits it, but I have seen bounties used on several occasions to reward exemplary answers.
Additionally, if you offer multiple bounties on the ...
There's literally nothing we can do.
There's even a grace period after the one week/168 hours, but no way to undo a 'lost' bounty or to do anything once the bounty period is over.
meta.se's got an in depth answer that has basically everything anyone needs to know on bounties
The blurb is basically good advice but the wording could be improved.
This isn't what bounties are for.
Don't be overly concerned about the dupe, yet. Think of it more in terms of "when" than "if".
The point of the bounty system:
Bounties are good for the author of the question when no good answers have been ...
From the bottom of the bounties page, which you can find in our help centre:
How is a bounty awarded?
The bounty period lasts 7 days. Bounties must have a minimum duration of at least 1 day. After the bounty ends, there is a grace period of 24 hours to manually award the bounty. Simply click the bounty award icon next to each answer to permanently award ...
There are many many things we hope to see from high reputation users aside from... well, high reputation.
They're the folks who we hope step up to set an example for others even if they are not moderators. They're the ones who get the unwritten and written rules of the network and end up spending the time to guide and help new users and less new users. One ...
Actually, this has happened on before - and the user in question reported that he couldn't. You cannot award a bounty while suspended..
We don't typically refund bounties when a user is suspended. If a question needs to be closed, and the bounty is stopping that from happening, we will do so.
You can get the "half" bounty amount from having posted after ...
I wanted to say thank you to him, so I thought to give 5 points bounty to him.
A bounty isn't intended as a way to say "thank you" for an answer. So the bounty system is designed to prevent small amounts of reputation from being transferred.
I found that I can't give bounty until I have 75 reputation nor can I give less than 50 point bounty.
You should ...
You lose the bounty.
In a practical sense, you're 'paying' for the attention with reputation. If there's no answers, the reputation gets awarded to no one.
The automatic bounty is to make it fair for people who post good answers to get the bounty, and if the OP happens to not award the reputation.
And well, sometimes you award a bounty because its a hard ...
It was off topic. It shouldn't have been asked here, and it should have been closed here. Yeah, people with the appropriate amount of reputation missed it, and did not close or flag it. Its happened before elsewhere
So. Mistakes were made. Off topic questions were asked. Answered (Despite being off topic. Should it have been flagged?). Bounties awarded. ...
Manually awarded bounty:
The accept (you) could be, applied when an acceptable answer existed at any time, without effecting the bounty , before , during or after, or even never :-O, that does not affect the 3rd party bounty. If the 3rd party bounty user awards manually
If I had bountied your question, I would want the original person asking the question to ...
I have an obvious bias here - since I answered the question, and as far as I'm concerned, covered what was initially asked. There was a significant amount of back and forth chatter before you mentioned you were running a VM. I think part of the problem here is you shifted the goalpost rather too late - its a significantly more complex question for me to ...
Bounties can't be refunded, so your choices are indeed to either award it or let it expire. If it expires, then half its value will be awarded to the highest-ranked answer with a score of at least 2. For specific details on how bounties are automatically awarded when the user does not manually award them, see this help center entry.
If you do not award ...
When another user starts a bounty on an existing question they may think it already asked the question well enough to not have to create a duplicate or their own version. Bounties can be used to lure out other answers, or answers that address the note left by the bounty drop.
Only moderators can cancel a bounty.
If a user wants to throw a bounty onto ...
There is normally a "start a bounty" link underneath the question.
However, in this particular case, you previously offered a bounty of 100 on this question:
According to the bounty rules:
Additionally, if you offer multiple bounties on the same question, the minimum spend doubles with each subsequent bounty (50 reputation on the first bounty, 100 ...
I don't think the collection of fake internet points is the main driver here.
A lot of questions with reasonably good answers are abandoned without being accepted, regardless if a bounty is set or not. The user has had their issue solved, if they don't want to interact further with the community then you can't force the issue.
Additionally your suggestion ...
It seems that the new Code does not change anything and moderators will still limit their intervention to insulting or useless comments and answers.
What exactly did you expect a moderator to do in this case? Your answer wasn't plagiarised, and the knowledge you provided with regards to testing the memory modules, is common enough knowledge that most ...
A single up vote on an answer is worth 10 reputation to the receiver, and on a question it is worth 5 reputation.
Giving an up vote is completely free to you, and is more of a bonus than a single bounty of 5 reputation.
As bounties can only be given to answers that makes your proposed 5 rep bounty worth less than a single upvote.
There is no reason to ...
It's always a fact of life that there are more questions than answers. This is true of all SE sites, and all questions that have ever been asked in general, even questions unrelated to technology long before the Internet was invented.
That's because answers require a significant amount of work for humans (usually) to produce something useful and expedient ...
The user spent all their reputation as soon as they posted the bounty. Having the question migrated to Stack Overflow had no bearing on this.
You "lost" the bounty when the question was migrated because your answer was deleted and was scoring < 3 and younger than 60 days.
If you hadn't answered the question before the bounty expired the user would have ...
Yes. One day after the bounty is started, you may award it to any answer you choose by clicking the blue bounty number (e.g. "+100") next to it. You may not award the bounty until that full day has elapsed. The age of the answer receiving the bounty does not matter.
Further reading: How does the bounty system work?
You can reward the answer with a another bounty
You do have the option to offer another bounty on the question, then manually award it to the answer you feel deserved the reward. There's even a bounty reason for this purpose:
If you decide to go this route, be aware that each subsequent bounty offered on a question must be double your last bounty offer.
I see too many posts with bounties being abandoned on our site. Bounties are an efficient attention-getter device which does well to attract answers to the post. If the post is abandoned, this seems unfair to the people who invested their time in answering it.
Any user who offers a bounty is not required to award it. I often use a bounty to draw attention ...
Yes, bounties can be awarded to community wiki answers. The restriction on reputation gain applies only to voting. See this Meta post: Does bounty apply to a CW question?.
The thread linked in that Meta post was subsequently deleted (visible to 10K users). It had 5,472 views, the question had 34 upvotes, it received 62 answers, the accepted answer (and ...