# Monetizing SE bounties?

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.

• One, two and three from Meta Stack Exchange. There might be more, but I think you'll get the gist. – user642796 Jun 13 '15 at 15:32
• Older related thread: Integrate bitcoins with MSE – Martin Sleziak Jun 13 '15 at 17:07
• Highly relevant is Shog9's answer to the first question linked to by Arthur Fischer. – Lord_Farin Jun 13 '15 at 18:04
• To replicate a comment now deleted by our beloved SE employees: What a terrible idea. – Lord_Farin Jun 24 '15 at 18:25
• @Lord_Farin: Indeed. Terrible terrible terrible. – TonyK Jun 24 '15 at 22:12

## 2 Answers

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.

• "there are already sites which provide this service" Which ones? I am not aware of a comparable site to SE. – emcor Jun 13 '15 at 16:14
• 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. – user642796 Jun 13 '15 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?)

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