I think the quality control and the follow up on the bot report, is the key to success here.
What if it were a system, where they get 1% of what is siezed form the botter or network of bots, when it is shut down, AFTER a week holding period to make sure this was actually a successful operation.
Procedure would be as follows -
Sherriff hires and vets deputies, they are given training and limited tools to use for flagging and researching bots. The Sherriff gets the full set of tools, and acts as the power user and the liaison to PC for this.
When a deputy finds an unidentified bot, they tag it, then the investigation stats, and once all the associated bots are found, and everything is properly logged, the hammer is brought down, and the funds go into “the evidence room” for a 7 day hold.
If the botter is found to be a botte, in the end, then the deputy gets 1% of the alchemica, and the rest is burned. Large catches could yield cartridges, and rentalOperator positions, as these players will be taking time out of their collecting activities, to handle bots, and would be ideally suited to be a rental manager that finds you non-bot players to rent.
In the end, I would like to see this create a small middle class position inside the scholars, where the most engaged and community minded ones, are finding and killing bots, while also finding good players of people to rent to, thereby making the community stronger for all involved.
The Sherriff would have the same opportunities, and is in direct control of the power tools, so they should be finding even more than their team. In addition, the Sherriff would be tasked with whitelisting people who keep getting flagged as bots, once they are determined to be legit. As payment for this, they get 1XP for a gotchi, for every person they help that doesn’t have same problem again. These can be paid out any time other XP is being paid out.