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How does the bounty system work?

This answer received bounty from Community (expired bounty probably)

My questions is - Why did this answer received bounty? Because it's most-voted ? What would happen in case of two questions with same votes? Would it be random ?

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marked as duplicate by Sathya, Cody Gray, random Jul 25 '11 at 13:09

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Just to note that taking 'I'm a Partner Engineer at Facebook.' out of the answer was not necessary. The user was declaring his affiliation with a body and this practice is encouraged if you're at all advocating (or somehow related to) external links. –  Grant Thomas Jul 25 '11 at 11:43
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Right, definitely don't remove affiliation disclosures. That was discussed here, specifically about our new guests who work at Facebook. –  Cody Gray Jul 25 '11 at 11:45
    
@Mr.Disappointment: about this question, I forgot to rollback it after I read it all "we've fixed...", he don't have to repeat that he's from FB. Profile is point for that information –  genesis Jul 25 '11 at 21:35
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The answer in question received the bounty because it was posted after the bounty was started and received a score of 2+, having the highest score amongst eligible answers.

If two answers are tied in score at the end of the bounty period, the oldest is awarded.

From How does the bounty system work?, under What is automatic awarding? (Bolding mine):

Twenty-four hours after the end of the bounty period, if the bounty starter has not manually awarded the bounty, an eligible answer can be automatically awarded half the bounty amount. The criteria for an answer to be eligible for automatic awarding are as follows:

The answer must be given after the bounty was started
The answer must have a score of at least +2

If two or more eligible answers have the same score, the oldest answer is awarded the bounty.

If no answers meet these criteria, the bounty ends without it being awarded to any answer, and is not refunded to the bounty starter.

An accepted answer that does not meet the above criteria is still ignored by the automatic-awarding system unless it is accepted during the bounty period. An answer accepted during the bounty period will automatically be awarded the full bounty.

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