The communities of different Stack Exchange sites may differ in what they care for and how they deal with things and such discussions are what each site's meta site is for. However, some questions are relevant for the whole Stack Exchange network and that is what Meta Stack Overflow (MSO) is for. So when a member of a community wants to deal with a question that needs to be dealt with globally rather than locally they make a post on MSO. Such activity might be something that communities want to be able to track. That is, every Stack Exchange community might have an interest in following what their community members is up to on MSO.
Even if people can post bugs, feature requests and other general issues on their local meta there is a bias to deal with more general issues on MSO (as is reflected by http://meta.stackoverflow.com/faq#questions). Also there might be issues MSO that are more relevant to some communities than others, e.g. sites with graphics heavy posts might be more interested in image inclusion and noisy site may be more interested in filtering and moderation tools. It is unfortunate if some issue that is relevant for some community is being discussed on meta without part of the said community being aware.
In implementing ways to follow what certain communities is up to on MSO there will be a tighter integration of different sites' metas and MSO which properly reflects the structure of the network. In short, it will bring the relevant discussions on MSO closer to the respective communities. As of now there is no efficient way to find posts on MSO by users of some particular community, that is, by users that are also users of some particular other Stack Exchange site. Here are some rough ideas of what kind of features I am requesting:
- Add a search or filter option that brings out posts where a certain community is active. Say that I use the filter option to filter out posts in which users from the Super User community is active. The filter would then show activity (questions, answers, comments, etc.) by MSO users who also has an active Super User account.
- Add a link from metas to relevant posts on MSO. This link would lead to a list on MSO filtered by some variant of the above filter, such as active posts where users of the meta in question have been active.
It could be argued that rather Stack Exchange employees should monitor and support migration of relevant posts to MSO. This is a good thing but adding my suggestion would give more power to the communities in tracking relevant issues. Primarily metas should be community driven, not driven by Stack Exchange employees.
It could also be argued that the suggested features would amount to stalking. This is not so. It would not add to the ability to track users, because it is already possible to view user's profiles and see their activity on a certain sites as well as other sites on the network. In analogy to politics, my suggestion only amounts to the ability to easier track locals' activity on a federal level.