I was wondering what the proper etiquette is for posting a link to meta to discuss whether a question is off-topic. It seems to me that this can be used as a way to limit up votes on a question. I understand the point when a site is in beta to discuss what is off-topic, but why should/shouldn't a link from the original question to the meta discussion be in the comments?
I can see some advantages to posting a link from the original question (that might be considered off-topic).
- It encourages people who do think a question is off-topic to follow the link to meta to discuss why it is off-topic (removes a step).
I can see disadvantages to posting a link from the original question's comment section.
- It will discourage people from voting a question up, even if they might approve of it.
Is it even necessary? People who are interested in "is this off-topic" can always search by [off-topic] tags in meta. I understand a link from meta, linking to the original question in the main site (otherwise, they wouldn't know what "off-topic" question was being discussed). But, it seems unnecessary to link in reverse.