Sorry if this is too localized, but my answer here suddenly (i.e., I only just noticed) got a whopping +250.

It says it was awarded by Community. I've looked through a few discussions here on meta which I understand to mean it should indicate who is my real benefactor. I thought bounty could only be awarded on questions, not on specific answers, and judging from the timeline my answer was at no point higher voted than waiwai's.

What am I missing?

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From the Faq:

If you do not award your bounty within 7 days, the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with at least 2 upvotes will be awarded half the bounty amount.

Bounty is dated Apr 4 at 23:15
You answer is dated Apr 5 at 5:08
waiwai933 answer is dated Mar 25 at 1:24

  • OK, thanks. Ironically, it didn't even occur to me to look in the FAQ :) It was the after the bounty bit which escaped me. That said, the fact that it was 'automatically' awarded means I don't get to know who it came from...
    – Benjol
    Commented Apr 28, 2011 at 12:53
  • It was started by Jeff and half awarded by the Community user because Jeff has not directly awarded any of the answers. Commented Apr 28, 2011 at 13:00
  • Where do you look to see that? I've looked at history for question and answer, but not seeing it...
    – Benjol
    Commented Apr 28, 2011 at 13:13
  • have a look here Commented Apr 28, 2011 at 13:17
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    OK, mea culpa, I looked at timeline instead of history...
    – Benjol
    Commented Apr 28, 2011 at 13:38

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