(It is not a duplicate of Why are people downvoting my question on Meta?)
I recently posted a question, Can we finally have some social-networking features on here? that was downvoted into oblivion but it had answers and a lively discussion. I felt that I was shouted down for unorthodox views. On Stack Overflow proper, down-voted questions are for lack of research, vagueness, or uselessness.
I think that down-voting on Meta has too much of a chilling effect on the community. There are a variety of opinions, but they're all smushed into a general category on the front page. I want my questions to shine but no one really criticize the question per se, just the subject of the question, which I feel should only be shot down in comments or answers not with an anonymous content-free vote.