I assigned a 50 points bounty to a question. I did not award the bounty, and neither was it auto-awarded. Still, I did lose the 50 points. Where did the bounty go?
Unfortunately, bounties are non-refundable, and are deducted when they are started, so they are not reassigned back to the user. There were no answers with +2 or greater votes on the question, so it was not auto-awarded.
Please see: https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help/bounty
A bounty is a special reputation award given to answers. It is funded by the personal reputation of the user who offers it, and is non-refundable.
If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with at least 2 upvotes will be awarded half the bounty amount. If there's no answer meeting that criteria, the bounty is not awarded to anyone.