It's certainly possible.
The ethics should be irrelevant as there's no way that the bounty can be assigned to your answer. You can't assign it manually and there's no way it will be auto-assigned as your answer pre-dates the start of the bounty.
Just to chip in here as the question OP.
My actions were thought out, and intentions were sincere for the better choice for Stack and users.
I also understand your raising this Meta question. These things need to be discussed (i.e. no sour grapes...)
Raise a new question
I saw no need to raise a new question as the topic and basic premise of both new ...
Yes, the expectation is indeed that the normal voting process should take care of most - if not all - problematic questions within the first 48 hours they were asked.
If a question survives that long, and thus becomes eligible for a bounty, the assumption is that there probably isn't a very good reason to close it. Or, that even if it's close worthy it isn'...
Your bounty is gone since it's not awarded manually and there are no answers that are qualified to get auto-awarded.
From the FAQ, How does the bounty system work?:
What happens if I feel my question is still unanswered? / What is automatic awarding?
Approximately 24 hours after the end of the bounty period (once the grace period ends), if the ...
The bounty was refunded.
You're right, the question isn't really a good fit for the site, and it should have been closed long ago (ideally it shouldn't have been migrated from SO at all). But, it managed to slip through the cracks and the bounty and the subsequent answers brought it to our attention. The bounty had to be refunded, as questions with active ...