I spent a good amount of time solving and posting a response to this bountied question.

The user did not accept the answer, or even leave a comment on either the original question or the answer. Surely if the OP was asking a question they have bountied themselves, they would want a good answer to award the bounty to. So, I asked in my question what else the OP was looking for (because I felt I had answered it accurately, but evidently I did not answer it as well the OP wanted). However, the OP did not respond, so I am wondering if anyone else has any advice for me!

I really appreciate any advice, as this is my first bounty answer, so lots to learn!

(Some other random info: this user does not seem to accept answers ever, but there are plenty of meta questions about this issue).

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    $\begingroup$ There are many reasons that a user might not accept an answer or award a bounty. If they don't tell you in the comments of the question being ask, you are likely to never know which particular reason applies. I am not sure that this merits a discussion on meta... $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Apr 26 at 21:32
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, I understand, just thought there might be something I was missing. Can't hurt to ask I suppose $\endgroup$ Apr 26 at 21:35
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    $\begingroup$ It's hard to tell. One possibility is that after the bounty was posted, the user found a solution by themselves or outside of MSE (say, asking another mathematician via email) and decided that they no longer care. Or, they determined that they were asking a wrong question. Personally, I find such behavior unfortunate, but it happens on regular basis and there is nothing can be done about it. My position is that, in the end, we do math because we really like it and not because of some (immaterial) rewards in form of MSE points. $\endgroup$ Apr 26 at 21:37
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    $\begingroup$ As of this moment, the bounty still has 11 hours to go. Perhaps OP is just hoping for an even better answer to show up. Or perhaps OP has had a serious medical incident making it impossible to interact with the website. Who knows? $\endgroup$ Apr 27 at 1:51
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    $\begingroup$ I was thinking that too, but I noticed that he posted multiple questions in the last week $\endgroup$ Apr 27 at 2:00
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    $\begingroup$ Don't worry about it too much. When I post a bounty I also (on some occasions chiefly) think that it is for more exposure. It is not unnatural to think that bounties get the most of the exposure towards the end of the bounty period. After all, some viewers of the featured tab may sort the questions that according to how little time remains. If you paid your local tv station for one week of air time to your ad already, you won't necessarily cut it short simply because you are happy with the boost to your sales during the first three days. It's the same with bounties. $\endgroup$ Apr 28 at 9:09
  • $\begingroup$ Bounty has expired without the setter awarding it, so half the bounty has been awarded to the one answer that was posted. $\endgroup$ Apr 29 at 10:39
  • $\begingroup$ There is also the fact that Clyde answered the version of the question in the title as opposed to the (actual?) question in the question body. The difference being a fully understandable typo. My experience with questions revolving around Cauchy-Riemann is that one rarely sees an exercise with one of the partial derivatives $u_x,u_y,v_x,v_y$ equal to zero. May be you didn't get the bounty because you answered the wrong question? Observe that the asker later fixed the formula in the question. May be they didn't notice that the error was in the title as well. $\endgroup$ Apr 29 at 14:39
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    $\begingroup$ Of course, the theory in my previous comment does not explain why the OP would not comment in main. $\endgroup$ Apr 29 at 15:32


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