I assumed #2 but I'm glad you clarified #1. I'm beginning to like the idea again. So, the section would be full of messages like
I'm hoping that someone will be able to write and post a script for me that foobies a wubber. I've just made a PayPal donation in the amount of $_.00 to the Perl Foundation. Will someone please help me?
That sounds good to me as long as we can make it completely clear that their donation is just a donation, there is NO guarantee that they will get what they request, and anything they do get will simply be posted just like any other node.
We could call it the "Wishing Well" then tell people that they can toss a couple bucks in and make a wish...
"My two cents aren't worth a dime.";