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I accepted an answer to this question:

How to develop a web application compatible with multiple database management systems

but the bounty was awarded by Community ♦ to another answer. Why did this happen?

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up vote 14 down vote accepted

The awarding of bounties has been disassociated from the accepting of answers. So you can accept one answer and award the bounty to another. It also means that other users can offer a bounty on your question.

Read Jeff's blog post on Improvements to the Bounty System

The auto awarding rules for bounties (half the bounty going to the highest voted answer supplied since the bounty was set) hasn't changed.

It does mean that you need to remember to award the bounty, otherwise it will be auto awarded and it might not go to the same answer as you accepted - as in this case.

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