Crazy feature idea: "20 Bucks Worth of Geeky"

Despite what the headline may imply, there's no pornographic subtext here. I'm just considering a mildy amusing, off-the-wall user interaction feature. Here's my thought:

Every week, I offer a $20 bounty for a specific-but-weird bit of user-generated content. Best submission gets the $20, probably via Paypal. Plus, you know, all the glory that being anointed by a professional Trivia Geek can provide. Of course, most of my ideas would require an insane amount of quick-turnaround effort for very little reward. As IT pros, you should be used to such treatment.

Examples of possible bounties:

  • $20 Bucks Worth of Physics: Calculate the power output of the Death Star superlaser
  • $20 Bucks Worth of Web2.0: Build me a quick Web app that shows only items that have been linked on Digg, Reddit, and BoingBoing, so I get the best of the best
  • $20 Bucks Worth of Photoshop: Design the most hilariously appropriate Windows Vista logo
  • $20 Bucks Worth of Sarcasm: List 20 "definitions" for the term "blog"
Just another of my crazy schemes. Any thoughts?

By Jay Garmon

Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger -- amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can a...