Yesterday I received an information per mail for a question holding an open bounty:
When the bounty ended, there were 2 answers to the question:
Both were not truly satisfying answers, so I had not accepted one of them.
According to the description, I expected one of them to be bountied. But that has not happened, and now the "Accept" button is gone, either.
Is this a bug in the SX software or an exptected behaviour - possibly related to the fact that the top-voted answer comes from the question-holder himself and one does not want to support "self-bounties"?
Or is there a trace of randomness specified in the term "the top-rated answer may be auto-accepted"?
Note: This is no deal w.r.t. to the points, at all, it's just comes as a surprise...
From meta.stackexchange.com :
For an answer to be automatically accepted for a bounty award, it has to meet the following conditions:
Since no answer had at least +2 votes, no bounty was awarded.
answered 16 Jul '10, 12:16