One of the toughest issues that we have faced on sites like WP Questions regards the prize money offered. In general, the
prize money offered is too low, and when I say too low, I mean, this is one of the main things that WordPress experts complain about, regarding the site.
In the post “Is this site exploitive of the WP community” rspindel argued that experts were underpaid. In reply, I pointed out that experts were free to write to any asker who had posted a question, and simply tell them: “I think the prize is too low, you should offer more money.” However, many have felt that there needs to be some formal way of expressing a desire for a different prize amount.
One thought we had was simply an input where anyone could suggest, anonymously, what they thought the prize should be for a question. But then we thought, what would stop people from suggesting that the prize should be $1,000, and in fact, why not put $10,000 as the suggested prize on every question? If the suggestion was anonymous, then people were free to offer nonsense suggestions, and this becomes another form of spam.
So it was clear we needed a way for experts to suggest a prize amount, and the suggestion could not be anonymous. However, posting the suggestions on the question page itself might seem a little bit rude. So what to do?
What we are going to try, for now, is that each expert who posts an answer can suggest what they think the prize should be. Their suggestions appear on a page on their personal profile pages, but the suggestion does not appear with their name on the question page itself. Instead, what appears on the question page is an average of all the suggestions that answerers have made for that question.
We just rolled this out to our 3 sites. We will see how this works, and we will make adjustments when they seem necessary.