I'd like to know whether I'm allowed to start games involving a bounty prize in chat rooms (specifically in The Sphinx's Lair). For example things like
The first person who solves my chat user description gets +200
(where the user description would be a puzzle)
But it may also include more stupid "games" (lotteries) like
Everyone can participate by posting "42" here. A random number generator decides which one of the participants will get a +100 bounty.
(This could obviously be used with malicious intent, since no one can be sure that the offerer really used a (secure) number generator)
I'm fully aware that this brings moral/philisophical issues with it, for example it could completely ruin the philosophy behind reputation and privileges:
- Posts that aren't exemplary or worthy of a bounty would attract attention. The bounty would also be awarded for a completely unrelated reason.
- It could boost low-rep users and gain them privileges they're maybe not supposed to have yet (a +500 bounty would have a significant impact on an e.g. user with 100 rep).
- Reputation would become less an indicator of experience/participation on this site if many people do it.
- Sneaky sockpuppetry would become easier (boost a sockpuppet from 1 to 151 to make it able to downvote without raising any immediate suspicion)
- and probably many more...
But I haven't found any official statement/policy/rule that states you're not allowed to award bounties to whoever (and whyever) you want (assuming it isn't a sockpuppet). Of course there are sections that state how they're supposed to use, but that doesn't answer my question.