I'm thinking of going down the route where members can actually get paid to answer questions. Here's how I am thinking the concept might work, and you tell me if you think it makes sense:
Currently, when you create a new thread, you can donate $1 to have the article featured, which increases your chances of receiving a response. I want to take that to the next level. Not only does it get highlighted in the listing, but by members seeing that you spent money to get it highlighted makes people think like you spent more time putting your thoughts together to come up with a well thought out question, and might be more inclined to click into it and read it.
Here's my new idea: I'm thinking that after posting the new thread, it can make suggestions saying something such as, "Here are 8 members we think would be ideal candidates to answer your question. Select which ones (if any) you would like to send a PM to alerting them to your thread for $0.10 each."
Depending on how many members they choose to have an automated private message sent to, that would determine the bounty placed on the thread. For example, selecting 5 members would set the bounty to $0.50 and selecting 2 members would set the bounty to $0.20.
If a selected member solves the thread, then they win the entire bounty. The more members selected, the more competition there is to be the first one to answer the thread, and the higher the bounty.
Members would need to prove themselves based on reputation, solved thread statistic, endorsements, etc. to even make it to the list of potential candidates. The more active they are, and the better a member they demonstrate they are within specific categories, the more likely the system is at selecting them as potential candidates.
The benefit to question askers is that they can come to know DaniWeb as the ideal place to get answers fast because a small bounty will get lots of hand-picked members clammoring to be the first to answer their question. Sort of like a dating site that uses an algorithm to connect the question askers with the best question answerers for the job.
The benefit to the question answerers is that, the more time and effort they spend answering questions, the more likely they are to be selected to earn money answering questions, and the more money that they can make.
Thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions?