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Yep, this is how it's supposed to work. See the privilege page for bounties: Bounties expire after seven days. You will receive several notifications a few days before this happens. If you do not award the bounty within 24 hours of the bounty period ending, half the bounty value will be automatically awarded to the top voted answer posted after the bounty ...


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That's the way bounties work. If it drops your reputation below the threshold for a privilege, you lose the privilege. You'd lose the same way if you lost the privilege for another reason (because some of your answers were unaccepted, because you received or cast downvotes, because some of your posts were deleted, etc.). There's been discussion about this ...


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You can't vote to close a question while it has a bounty. I think the reasoning is that the bounty setter is trading reputation for an increased likelihood of getting answers; closing the question would be unfair since it would prevent answers. However bounties are not an excuse to keep a bad question around. If a question clearly needs closing, flag it as “...


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These show up in the timeline as "non-winning bounties". In general, once you start a bounty, the reputation used for it is gone. It may be awarded to an answer (if you pick one, or the bounty ends and an answer meets the criteria for automatic awarding.) What you are 'buying' with a bounty is exposure - a spot on the 'featured' tab, the '+100' blue badge ...


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Yes - privileged are calculated based on your current reputation, and reputation lost in offering bounties is counted. You would lose the 2k privilege any time your reputation drops below 2000. You may be interested in these threads on Meta Stack Exchange: Is losing privileges after placing bounty OK? Exclude bounties from affecting privileges Notify user ...


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As a community manager at Stack Exchange, it's not really my position to accept or reject individual feature-requests, but I can speak to why some of these features work the way they do. When you think about the "reputation system" as a metaphor for "rewards and recognition", an author is primarily "compensated" for their post by the up-votes they receive ...


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That's explained as follows in our help center: If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with a minimum score of 2 will be awarded half the bounty amount. If two or more eligible answers have the same score (i.e., their scores are tied), the oldest answer is awarded the ...


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Good question. My understanding is that once the bounty expires, it cannot be awarded to answers posted after the bounty period.


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