I opened a bounty on my question a while back and gave a maximum of 450 bounty points. I really wanted some great answers and I got them. :)

How do you organize your projects?

Two things went wrong:

A) Amy P never got the bounty awarded to her. She is still at around 200 reputation points.

B) I never got the Benefactor badge.

Thanks for your help. :)

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If you look at this answer from the bounty faq

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?

At the end of the bounty period, if the bounty starter has not manually awarded the bounty, eligible answers 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.

It looks like the bounty was automatically given to this answer by Alex.

This explains why it went to alex. It also explains why no badge for you. Automatic awards don't count because the benefactor badge goes for the "First bounty you manually awarded on your own question"

  • But I accepted the answer a full 24+ hours before the timer went out. Is there someone to verify this?
    – Sergio
    Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 0:52
  • @Sergio. Accepting the answer isn't the same as awarding a bounty. See "How do I award a bounty?" In this answer on the bounty faq Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 1:04
  • Oh drag... :( I feel bad for Amy P. She really deserved that fat bounty I laid out.
    – Sergio
    Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 1:13
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    @Sergio - for what it's worth, you can start another bounty... If you are feeling generous.
    – Nicole
    Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 4:25
  • Too bad you can't change the bounty like you can the accepted answer...
    – jmort253
    Commented Apr 24, 2011 at 0:38

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