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


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? 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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