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I understand that the bounty on my SF question may not be refunded and automatically awarded if there is at least one answer, but I still lose the 50 rep I posted as bounty if there are no answers? That doesn't seem right to me. If nobody posted a single answer, is that to imply that my question wasn't good enough to be answered?

marked as duplicate by Jenny D says Reinstate Monica, Sven Jul 16 '17 at 14:05

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    You're paying for the advertising, not the answer. – Journeyman Geek Jul 16 '17 at 14:21
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Yes, this is correct - bounties are non-refundable.

There are many reasons why you might have not get an answer:

  • no one is interested in it or at least no one knowing a solution
  • it's also strictly off-topic here (and has now been migrated).
  • Many of our high-rep users are most likely not interested in bounties at all, let alone something as silly as 50 points.

NB: My solution to that problem would have been to restore from backup.

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    For someone without a lot of rep, I wouldn't call any bounty "silly", but that's just me. And restoring from backup already didn't work. – Tim S. Jul 16 '17 at 16:16

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