The other day in chat, Daniel Beck and Surfasb helped come up with the idea of sponsoring questions with bounties to create or improve some Community FAQs and canonical answer posts.
If you're not familiar with how Community FAQs work, they're a way for us to create a collaborative posts to answer common questions and provide resources for repeating issues that users come to us with. Some examples include:
- How can I remove malicious spyware, malware, adware, viruses, trojans or rootkits from my PC?
- How can I visualize the file system usage on Windows?
- What do I need to consider when buying hardware to meet my needs?
- What is port forwarding and what is it used for?
- Where should I find drivers for my laptop if it didn't come with a driver disk?
- HDMI vs Component vs VGA vs DVI vs DisplayPort
- How to choose a UPS / calculate power for a new PC
Right now, a lot of these questions are focused on Windows-related issues (12/28 are tagged with Windows or Windows 7), so it would be great to get some more Community FAQs for OS X, Linux, and for cross-platform problems. But really, anything goes!
So, here's how we're thinking of doing this: high-rep users who want to help promote some of these questions can pledge a bounty from 100-500 rep. We'll make a list of all the users who want to sponsor a Community FAQ, how much rep they want to use, and how many questions they want to sponsor.
Anyone can propose a community FAQ question to be sponsored - either an existing question tagged community-faq-proposed that needs more help, or a question that hasn't been asked yet or isn't yet a CFAQ, but you think needs a canonical answer. Questions proposed for sponsoring will be listed in a meta post, and voted on. After a voting period, we'll match up questions with sponsors. If rep sponsors want to put a bounty on a specific one, we'll do that, but otherwise we'll match the highest-voted proposals to the highest-value rep donations.
Then, we'll have a super-answer week when all of the bounties run at once. During that week, we'll promote the event with a blog post and a site notice banner, encouraging all users to find one of the questions which they know something about, and try to write an amazing post about it. At the end of the week, the bounty holders will choose the best answer, and award the bounty.
Right now, if you're interested in participating, please fill out this Google Form to let us know how you're going to donate. Note that you can both donate some rep and answer questions and be eligible for the contest!
If you have feedback, suggestions, etc. please leave them in the comments/answers as appropriate. Once we decide exactly how we want to do this, I'll create a meta post for people to suggest Community FAQ topics, so start thinking about them now!