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In this question, a bounty was offered. There were already a few good answers one of which was accepted. But during the bounty period I posted an answer which the OP chose as accepted. Note: my answer is NOT the highest 'voted'.

According to this answer, if the bounty period runs out and the bounty giver does not post the bounty, half of the rep points go to the highest scoring answer(s) OR an answer which was accepted during the bounty period (unless the bounty giver specifically chooses to give the bounty).

Now, I have no problem not receiving a bounty, or even any rep points, so my point isn't about that. I would like to know how the system works, did the system give the points to the highest 'voted' answer or if in this case the bounty giver chose to give the bounty to a certain answer (perfectly fine).

  • this answer had more votes than yours and got the bounty because of that, I think. – DVK-on-Ahch-To May 21 '14 at 0:36
  • @DVK I see. So I guess I must be mistaken when I thought that the bounty (or part of it) goes to an answer accepted during the bounty period? – Möoz May 21 '14 at 2:19
  • I've never heard anything about it going to an accepted answer, but I do see that in the MSE FAQ now. Something else must be going on. – Matthew Read May 21 '14 at 2:30
  • @MatthewRead Yeah, I just thought that was the case from this answer: meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/903/…. – Möoz May 21 '14 at 2:32
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The bounty was manually awarded. The offerer chose to give it to the other answer.

  • Cool. So could you clarify whether my assumption re the bounty going to the answer accepted during the bounty period is correct or not? Thanks! – Möoz May 21 '14 at 2:40
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    @mooz - that is correct, if the bounty is not manually awarded – The Fallen May 22 '14 at 2:14
  • @SSumner Makes sense. Thanks for that! – Möoz May 22 '14 at 2:42

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