Frequently Asked Questions
What type of challenges can I use PonyUp for?
PonyUp is intended to allow you to challenge your friends on a wide range of topics. Use your creativity to incent your friends to push themselves, get them to do things for you, challenge them or raise support for a cause. The only limitation is your imagination and our restrictions in our Terms of Service.
What are some popular types of challenges?
Some popular ideas are dares (get someone to stop smoking or dress as Lady Gaga for class), competitions (challenge 6 friends to see who can lose the most weight), tasks (have someone find you a job, a rare beer or a date) or raising money for a cause.
What if I want to do a challenge, but not for money?
There are a number of other options as the stakes in your challenges, from simple bragging rights to lunch to having to complete a task (have a Notre Dame fan wear a Michigan sweatshirt for a week!).
Is there any minimum or maximum dollar amount of a challenge?
There is no minimum amount, but there is a maximum amount of $500 per person per challenge.
Can I control who can join a challenge?
Yes. Whenever you set up a challenge, you can choose whether the challenge is only open to a certain individual or individuals, or whether anyone can join.
Who decides the winner? And what if I don’t agree with their decision?
Whoever sets the challenge designates how the winner will be decided, whether by a selected individual (which might be the person who set the challenge) or by a vote of participants. The determination of this person or persons is the final word on who won, and PonyUp cannot and will not get involved in any disputed results.
What does "Pay to Play" mean?
If you want to set up a competition, you should select this option. This option means that the only people who can win the purse are the ones who accept the challenge and are actually ponying up.
What fees do I need to pay to do a PonyUp challenge.
PonyUp collects $1 plus Paypal transaction fees when the purse is paid out from each person who has ponied up.
What if I want a challenge to be private?
Making a challenge private is an option when setting up a challenge.
What if the losers do not want to pay up?
PonyUp will send a series of reminders and may suspend the accounts of people who do not pay up. But PonyUp cannot guarantee that everyone will pay up. The idea is that you will be in challenges with your friends, so with a few reminders, they will do the right thing.
Can I change a challenge once it has started?
You can change the wording of a challenge until someone has joined a challenge
Can I end a challenge early?
The individual who created the challenge can cancel it at any time.
What if I see a challenge that is illegal or could cause harm?
There are specific types of challenges that are prohibited in the PonyUp Terms of Service. If you see a violation of these terms, please let us know.