What's going on with the not awarded bounty points? Are they lost for good?
From the help page (relevant excerpts):
- All bounties are paid for up front and non-refundable under any circumstances
reputation refunds are not available if no answers are received as a result of the bounty
If you do not award your bounty within 7 days [...]. If there's no answer meeting those criteria, the bounty is not awarded to anyone.
The points are simply lost.