I've offered a bounty to my question and I got a message telling my bounty has completed and I should award it in the next 24 hours, but when I back to the given question, it says the bounty is about to expire in 43 minutes, as you can see in the image below.


It looks like a bug.

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    This is actually by design according to a similar MSE question; meta.stackexchange.com/questions/235330/…
    – Catija
    May 2, 2018 at 22:07
  • @Catija Perfect, I didn't noticed that. Thank you for check it. It looks like a canonical answer for me. Can you please post it all as an answer, so I'll be able to close the thread? May 3, 2018 at 0:12
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    Yep. I'll do it later tonight. I don't have time right this second.
    – Catija
    May 3, 2018 at 0:13

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As Catija pointed out in a comment, this is by design. This was confirmed on the network-wide meta in a pair of comments left by a Stack Exchange employee:

This is by design due to caching and timing. Occasionally you'll see this notification but your bounty will appear to have some time left.

The short version is that the topbar notifications / toasts are run on a scheduled interval, which will sometimes be just ahead of and sometimes just behind the actual bounty expiration

As other users on the same Q&A point out, this is counterintuitive and arguably incorrect behavior even if it's by design, but it doesn't sound like it'll be changing any time soon.

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