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I want to check if an idea I've had is against any rules, or if there are unknown pitfalls...

I work for one of the companies developing an opensource blockchain stack. The community has a stack exchange in beta and are doing great (steadily growing participation / high quality).

However, because my company has some resources and wants to support / encourage opensource contributions to this knowledgebase our ecosystem depends on, we've thought about offering crypto bounties on top-upvoted questions.

If users want to participate, they put their public wallet address in their bio. Then, e.g. we query the top upvoted answers on a monthly basis, and we send the top contributors some cryptocurrency as a prize.

So, this is entirely third party, except insofar as it relies on pre-existing functions like the ability to voluntarily put info in your bio.

Does anyone more experienced with Stack Exchange know if this may violate a rule, or if it can be gamed in some way I can't see?

Thanks, and really love SE.

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  • It's unlikely to be welcomed, see the answer here to a previous version of this question. Dec 21 '21 at 6:57
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    Not against any rule directly, but highly frowned upon by the members. Dec 21 '21 at 7:14
  • I understand the antipathy for offering cash bounties on specific questions or for making this a feature of SE (I've already read previous questions of those sorts). However, maybe I didn't make it clear that this is very much a distinct idea. Does anyone have a critique of the idea on it's unique properties? @ARogueAnt. Dec 21 '21 at 16:24

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