As it relates to the following question:
I posted an answer (the only answer) and worked with the OP over several days on narrowing down the issue and coming up with a work-around, and my answer was accepted. Then, the OP, in wanting an actual fix and not a work-around, unaccepted my answer and posted a 50 point bounty to get more attention to the question (not sure exactly what order those 2 things happened in, or if that even matters). I continued working with the OP and appeared to find that the issue is larger than we initially thought. No one else participated, and a few days before the bounty expiration, the OP re-accepted my answer, believing that doing so would auto-award me the bounty (how I know the intention will be explained in a moment). My answer, however, was not auto-awarded the bounty due to the technicality that it had been posted prior to the bounty period, not during it.
While the FAQ does state that a bounty that is offered by the poster of the question will be auto-awarded to an answer that is posted during the bounty period and accepted, it is possible that the "posted during the bounty period" requirement is not terribly clear. When I asked the OP if their intention was to award me the bounty points by re-accepting my answer (I asked because if the answer was "no" then I probably would not be posting this question), their response was:
it just said 50 point bounty will be awarded to accepted answer and I wanted it to happen because you almost gave me more sense in understanding issue about the xp_cmdshell.So I just left the bounty points to the accepted answer by me of yours and it got auto awarded.
So, since the intention was clearly to award the bounty, and since that only did not happen due to an honest, simple misunderstanding, is there any way to have that bounty awarded as per the intention of the OP?
PLEASE NOTE that this question is not ultimately about the OP of the related question and what that person should've / could've done. This question is about me and how I'm affected by the situation that exists because of the OP's misunderstanding. How that misunderstanding came to be is a separate matter.
(I did search both this meta and meta.StackExchange and did not see any other questions pertaining to this particular situation.)