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This answer was awarded 25 points by the community user. How does it happen? Which answers are awarded?

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If the bounty expires, half of it is awarded automatically to the highest voted answer since the bounty was set. From the blog:

If the bounty owner does not award the bounty within the 7 day bounty period, the same auto-award rules apply, as before: any answers to the question posted after the bounty started, with at least 2 upvotes, are eligible for auto-accept and earn half the bounty amount. If there aren’t any answers meeting that criteria, no bounty is awarded.

The question's revision history shows a 50 rep bounty set on Dec 13 at 1:53, and the answer's revision history shows the 25 rep awarded on Dec 21 at 3:51.

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    OR Community attained sentience :) – yannis Dec 24 '11 at 11:53
  • So, the community user automatically award expired bounties? – BЈовић Dec 24 '11 at 13:15
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    Yeap, if there are answers meeting the criteria... The blog post explains everything on the bounty system... – yannis Dec 24 '11 at 13:23

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