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How Does the Community User Set Bounties?

I apologize if this has been answered before, but I looked around and could not find anything on it. I happened to come across Community's profile today, and it turns out that it has an active bounty, with 4 days remaining. How is this possible? The only thing I can think of is from Community's profile description:

Randomly poke old unanswered questions every hour so they get some attention.

Does this include adding bounties? If so, what is the criteria for getting a question awarded a community bounty? The only other thing I can think of is that these bounties are from users who had their accounts deleted; is this the case?

For future reference, here is a screenshot of the active bounty:

Active bounty for 50 reputation

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marked as duplicate by kiamlaluno, Ernest Friedman-Hill, Richard J. Ross III, Daniel Fischer, Martijn Pieters Aug 6 '12 at 13:19

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

@kiamlaluno doesn't help, as the question has no revision history. – Richard J. Ross III Aug 6 '12 at 13:14
Well, I'll see your downvotes and raise you a "Close as duplicate" vote :) I went to look for documentation, and it does seem like this has been discussed before. – Ernest Friedman-Hill Aug 6 '12 at 13:14
@ErnestFriedman-Hill no problem. If this is a duplicate, then it deserves to be closed. I just couldn't find it, any time I searched for community and bounty, I just got results on community rewarding bounties. – Richard J. Ross III Aug 6 '12 at 13:15
There are quite a few relevant discussions if you search for "deleted user community bounty" – Ernest Friedman-Hill Aug 6 '12 at 13:16
@RichardJ.RossIII Every question has a revision, even if the link doesn't appear. Try with http://stackoverflow.com/posts/9927067/revisions. Also, the other question contains an answer given from a developer; there is nothing more official than that. – kiamlaluno Aug 6 '12 at 13:17
@ErnestFriedman-Hill at any rate, I can't delete the question, as there are answers, but I will vote to close it my self. Have a great day! – Richard J. Ross III Aug 6 '12 at 13:17

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I'm not positive but I believe that indicates that the user who offered the bounty has been deleted. The question-asker account still exists, so it must have been a third-party bounty.

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Possibly the original user that offered the bounty has been deleted.

See How Does the Community User Set Bounties? And Destroying a user can leave a bounty open on a deleted question

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