Hello John, I thought about it too, in a slightly different angle, and maybe it is really not a bad idea.
What I thought was more for people who are here for a while (maybe those who have been around for 2+ years, 5000 edits, whatever). More of a motivation for the older worn out contributors. I don't know what the 'bounty' could be, maybe something tangible or valuable in RL (tshirt, products, cake, draw to win stuff), or maybe something that is more than a barnstar but still digital. I prefer the latter for efficiency reasons, hence let me elaborate a tiny bit on that: It could be something like an automated point system that is attached to a user account. Something like a scorecard that is not editable by users, but is visible as part of the account, automatically updated in the backend by the system or a special authorised bot. Something of that sort. Just my thoughts...  I've been around since 2008, and worked in many parts of Wikipedia and Commons. As real life gets more hectic for me, my motivation to edit is starting to vary widely, as while there are sooo many things to do in the wikiverse during my free time, there aren't any solid milestones you could focus on each day. You open a random backlog, and there's an endless ocean of work which if you attend 1 or 10000 requests, it doesn't really matter to the contributor itself. More like starting to mop a vast room-less floor. Yours truly, Rehman Abubakr (Roy)<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Rehman> OTRS agent, Admin (English Wikipedia, Commons), Contributor (Wikidata, Meta) User:Rehman<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Rehman> | Talkpage<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Rehman> | rehman.wikime...@live.com<free online bettingmailto:rehman.wikime...@live.com> | UG-LK<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Sri_Lanka/English> ________________________________ From: Wikimedia-l <wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org> on behalf of John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com> Sent: 25 January 2019 05:25 To: Wikimedia Mailing List Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Bounties¡ Both in Wikipedia and other parts of the Wikimedia-universe there are a lot of jobs that should be done, but are not so popular. Because they are not done, people get tired and backs away from whatever they are doing. I could give several examples, but lets say spellchecking. It is not fun doing spellchecking, even if you are spellchecking something written by a professor. Instead of doing spellchecking you do something else, like poking around in some code, or write about Pokemon. While you do so the professor gets a bit annoyed over the not so perfect article, and starts to wonder what happen to the crowd in crowdsourcing. Somewhere along the way the it became so bad to talk about anything except the pure wikipedian sitting on top of his pillar with a book and a computer, writing articles in solitude, that we completely missed the opportunities to get a much larger momentum. The Norwegian Bokm?l Wikipedia has over a half a million articles. About 10 % lack sources. Nearly all of them has spelling errors. It is nothing unusual about this. Could we use bounties to get some momentum? John Erling Blad /jeblad _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: free online bettinghttps://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>