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I offered a 50 point bounty to my question at Is ANZLIC Metadata supported using the new approach of ArcGIS 10.x? but still received no answers and the bounty seems to have been forfeited.

In the case above shouldn't my bounty be returned?

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That's not how the bounty works.

Why aren't bounties refunded if they are not awarded?

The comment on this question sums it up, I think. Return bounty to questions that get no answers

A bounty is paying for 7 days of increased exposure, you're not paying the people who answer it. They just get a winning if they do answer within the period. It's also never going to be a guarantee of an answer.


Also see How does the bounty system work? for more details about how bounties work.

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See https://gis.stackexchange.com/faq#bounty

In any case, you will always give up the amount of reputation specified in the bounty, so if you start a bounty, be sure to follow up and award your bounty to the best answer!

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