I would like to have a new feature that bounties can also be paid in monetary form e.g. through Paypal?

This would likely increase the competition and quality of answers.

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    $\begingroup$ One, two and three from Meta Stack Exchange. There might be more, but I think you'll get the gist. $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Jun 13, 2015 at 15:32
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    $\begingroup$ Older related thread: Integrate bitcoins with MSE $\endgroup$ Jun 13, 2015 at 17:07
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    $\begingroup$ Highly relevant is Shog9's answer to the first question linked to by Arthur Fischer. $\endgroup$
    – Lord_Farin
    Jun 13, 2015 at 18:04
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    $\begingroup$ To replicate a comment now deleted by our beloved SE employees: What a terrible idea. $\endgroup$
    – Lord_Farin
    Jun 24, 2015 at 18:25
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    $\begingroup$ @Lord_Farin: Indeed. Terrible terrible terrible. $\endgroup$
    – TonyK
    Jun 24, 2015 at 22:12
  • $\begingroup$ I’m voting to close this question because it is a duplicate of the SE-Meta question linked by @user642796 $\endgroup$
    – Surb
    Sep 12 at 16:37

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To quote Asaf Karagila

What a terrible terrible ... terrible terrible idea.

(I might have opted for "awful" instead, to squeeze a couple more in there, but the sentiment is the same.)

If you want to pay people to answer your questions, there are already sites which provide this service. So what benefits would it have here?

None that I can see.

In fact, it would completely change the culture of this site.

Instead of being populated by users willing to provide answers for the low, low cost of the possibility of a few imaginary internet points, soon you'll see users who hold their answers ransom unless a paid bounty is promised.

You think the pettiness of downvote arguments is bad? Wait until you start to see the arguments that begin over choosing user38613965's answer over user93222358's answer for a paid bounty.

I, for one, would immediately leave Stack Exchange were this "feature" implemented.

  • $\begingroup$ "there are already sites which provide this service" Which ones? I am not aware of a comparable site to SE. $\endgroup$
    – emcor
    Jun 13, 2015 at 16:14
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    $\begingroup$ I never said they were comparable to SE, but I did say that sites exist where you can pay people to answer your questions. Try Googling paid online math help. $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Jun 13, 2015 at 16:15

I don't think this is possible. The Terms of Service guarantee that the service is and remains free, so I think your idea would violate that, even if it is voluntary. (Maybe a moderator of SE official can confirm this?)

  • $\begingroup$ I dont think its impossible to change the terms of service as it happens on many sites all the time. $\endgroup$
    – emcor
    Jun 13, 2015 at 15:13
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    $\begingroup$ No. In this part, it is explicitely stated that it is free forever. $\endgroup$
    – wythagoras
    Jun 13, 2015 at 15:14
  • $\begingroup$ Link?__________ $\endgroup$
    – emcor
    Jun 13, 2015 at 15:16
  • $\begingroup$ At least I have this: area51.stackexchange.com/faq $\endgroup$
    – wythagoras
    Jun 13, 2015 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ In the official license it says "perpetual (for the duration of the applicable copyright) license" so when would that be? $\endgroup$
    – emcor
    Jun 13, 2015 at 15:24

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