Matanot L'evyonim is a Purim mitzvah to give gifts to at least 2 poor people.

An "evyon" is described as "poor". But he could be "poor" in anything, not necessarily monetary means. There are a number of M.Y. members who nebach struggle to gain votes but just can't seem to make it to that next badge or milestone. B"H, He has blessed me with over 10K points, and I would like to be able to transfer some of these to assist two M.Y. members. But the only way I know to give them a quick bunch of points is by awarding them a bounty.

Would this be a halichically acceptable way of fulfilling matanot l'evyonim?

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  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9445/5323
    – MTL
    Mar 6, 2015 at 19:38
  • @Shokhet, I've wondered for a while if that applies to PTIJ, which doesn't necessarily rely on Torah stam. Mar 6, 2015 at 20:24
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    Isn’t the whole point of Matanos L’Evyonim to buy food for the Purim Seudah? (Also, the irony in putting a bounty on this question...)
    – DonielF
    Mar 8, 2019 at 19:59

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Mishna Torah, Hilchos Megillah and Chanukah (perek 2 Halacha 16):

וְחַיָּב לְחַלֵּק לָעֲנִיִּים בְּיוֹם הַפּוּרִים. אֵין פּוֹחֲתִין מִשְּׁנֵי עֲנִיִּים נוֹתֵן לְכָל אֶחָד מַתָּנָה אַחַת אוֹ מָעוֹת אוֹ מִינֵי תַּבְשִׁיל אוֹ מִינֵי אֳכָלִין שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (אסתר ט כב) "וּמַתָּנוֹת לָאֶבְיוֹנִים", שְׁתֵּי מַתָּנוֹת לִשְׁנֵי עֲנִיִּים.

We see from here that giving a “matanah” is considered matanot l’evyonim

And as it says in meseches chagiga (daf 5b) מי ידעיתו כמה מתנות - Mi Yodeya (is equal to) a couple of presents

Therefore, giving on Mi Yodeya isn’t just considered matanos l’evyonim, it’s considered even better than matanos l’evyonim!

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