I should preface this post with the fact that from my recent experience here I feel a little burned by meta and I have to imagine that other meta newbies have had equally bad experiences.
I am a SO newbie and posted that question and to be honest, I didn't really know what I was asking until I read the second response to my question which then help me clarify my question.
The issue I have with what happened and what I would like to put up for discussion is a perhaps implementing a no downvote window after posts. In my case, within a minute or so of asking the question some user with several thousand points of rep pounced on the question (to answer first and earn precious reputation points), answered and then downvoted it. I have to imagine that since it had been given the taint of a negative question there was nowhere to go but down... I think it might be a good idea to have a downvote window of say 10 minutes of posting the question before you can downvote it if the poster has less than 50 reputation. This would allow newbies time to respond and update their question as well as being a fair bit friendlier when someone has made an honest mistake.