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What's the maximum rate of rep transfer via bounties that is considered appropriate?

I have some amount of rep on StackOverflow. It gives me some modicum of credibility as a seasoned StackOverflow user as well as a subject matter above-averager in the tags that I frequent.

However, sometimes I may come across someone who just oozes knowledge and looking through their profiles (off-site) it is clear these are very reputable people.

My question is, what level of rep shedding/transfer is considered appropriate? My goal, should I undertake the action and were it considered appropriate, is to level-up such a character so that they may better participate on the site being able to vote, edit etc.

Would slapping 4x 500rep bounties over 8 days be considered excessive and/or abusive?