According to bounty description here, following rules apply for if bounty is not awarded explicitly.

  1. Bounty period of 7 days and 24 hours grace period should had ended.
  2. Answer should be created after bounty has started.
  3. Answer should have a minimum score of 2.
  4. Half amount if score is 2, full amount if answer is accepted.
  5. In case of a tie, oldest answer is chosen automatically.
  6. If there is no such answer then no bounty is awarded.

I have answered on this question which fulfills every rule mentioned for automatic award of bounty because bounty setter didn't award is explicitly.

Why has my answer still not awarded the bounty?

  • This doesn't apply in your case, of course, but anecdotally, I have in the past deleted an answer of mine that I felt didn't warrant the bounty, then reinstated it after the grace period had expired. There can be unfortunate side effects of not specifically awarding the bounty - that the system automatically hands it to the one with most upvotes… which can be the only answer, even if wrong. As a bounty setter you cannot revoke this by any means. This once resulted in a huge bounty going to a completely wrong answer.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 30, 2022 at 12:03

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It has been awarded 2 hours ago.

Perhaps it was caching or site maintenance activity that it was awarded late.

The bounty wouldn't always be awarded at the exact time. It may take a little time, like one hour or so.

  • 2
    Yeah, the timings in the docs really relate to how the manual award of the bounty is concerned. I am not at all surprised that it might take an hour of two for automatic awards to be calculated - I'm not entirely sure how SE does this, but it wouldn't surprise me if it were a job executed a few times a day, and not continually.
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Aug 23, 2022 at 3:37
  • Looks like site maintenance collided with expiration of grace period for bounty.
    – Rahul
    Aug 23, 2022 at 6:01
  • @iandotkelly Yep. I am not sure when their automatic scripts run. It could be either per minute or per hour. I have seen the bounty being awarded within an hour though. However, it never gets awarded at the exact time the bounty expires as far as I saw
    – A J Mod
    Aug 23, 2022 at 8:12

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