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Bounties on meta to attract Stack Exchange employee attention

How do you like the idea of making the questions with bounties on meta more visible to the mods?

Why?

Because meta-questions with bounties are generally stuff like feature-requests, retag-requests and other stuff like that. SE staff can mostly do what the asker requested.

So, what do you think?

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I tend to disagree: most questions with bounties are feature requests that mods can not fulfill. Look for example at the 17 featured questions on Meta.SO right now - I think none of them is addressing a mod –  Pëkka Aug 13 '12 at 15:23
    
@pekka maybe only diamond mods –  Anish Gupta Aug 13 '12 at 15:23
    
Can this also be made into per-site metas? No bounties or reputation on per site Metas. –  Yannis Aug 13 '12 at 15:24
    
@YannisRizos Sorry, I did not know that. –  Anish Gupta Aug 13 '12 at 15:24
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How would this be more useful than the featured tab? –  Jim Aug 13 '12 at 15:25
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Diamond mods are the only mods. The stuff Pekka is talking about can only be done by members of the Stack Exchange development team. –  Al E. Aug 13 '12 at 15:25
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Adding to what @TartLevee said, moderator, and diamond moderator are normally the terms used for community moderators, who are not part of the Stack Exchange staff. Also members of the Stack Exchange staff have a diamond, but they can do things a community moderator cannot do. –  kiamlaluno Aug 13 '12 at 15:29
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As I said in my answer to Bounties on meta to attract Stack Exchange employee attention,

When you offer a bounty on a Meta request, don't do it to attract us. Offer a bounty to attract discussion.

Don't think of bounties on feature requests as a sort of "paying" with rep to have your pet feature implemented. That's not how it works.

Instead, think of it as a way to encourage a larger group of people to consider the suggestion and publicise their thoughts, as a way to help those people in power to implement said suggestion to make an informed descision.

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This is the perfect answer. Nobody should think "I offered a bounty, and the feature must be implemented." –  kiamlaluno Aug 13 '12 at 15:54
    
That's not what the OP asked though. He asked about making the right people aware of the requests... not that it matters, though, the point is clear enough. –  Pëkka Aug 13 '12 at 16:13
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Most Meta questions with bounties are feature requests that mods can not fulfill. Look for example at the 17 featured questions on Meta.SO right now - I think none of them is addressing a moderator, diamond or otherwise.

The only people who can do something about feature requests are the Stack Exchange team - and you can assume that they already frequently scan the "featured" list, or if they have trouble following it, they will build something to address the problem. It's not something that's in the community's control - nor should it be really.

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They already appear on the "Featured" tab. How much more "visible" do you want them to be? Frankly, I think the Moderators have enough to do without another queue to check.

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