A tiny but crucial bit of information that most users seem to miss on their first foray on Meta is that voting is different here:
Voting here works a bit differently from other Stack Exchange sites. On Meta Stack Overflow, voting is often used to express agreement or disagreement, not to point out a lack of quality or helpfulness. Please don't be concerned if you receive downvotes – members of the community may simply disagree with your bug, feature request, support issue, or the nature of the discussion.
Simply put we down vote a lot more liberally than on Stack Overflow1, don't get put off by that. Meta reputation is absolutely pointless, in fact Meta Stack Overflow is the only Meta that has its own reputation, on all other Stack Exchange Meta's your main site reputation is displayed instead.
If you are interested in getting a good feeling of Meta, you should start hanging in the Tavern, where you'll find a lot of Meta regulars at almost any given time, and get help shaping your questions for the tough Meta crowd.
1 Most of us, I down vote a lot everywhere.