For the first time today I toggled into my Stack Exchange network profile. The tab displayed by default is the "Top" tab, which lists my highest-rep questions and answers. Despite an earned-rep ratio of almost 100:1 (stackoverflow 4000, meta 41) my highest ranked question is from Meta. Granted my SO question scores are hardly anything to write home about, but I started looking through other peoples' network profiles and especially users with moderate meta activity tend to have "Top Ten" lists be dominated or at least heavily over-represented by Meta-posts. The same is true but to a much lesser extent for Top Answers... and of course this makes sense: (as is constantly being pointed out) voting is different in meta.
And it also makes sense that a user's network profile should include Meta questions, as Meta is part of Stack Exchange. But, given that voting is different in meta, it's not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison. It's obviously a fairly trivial issue, but it makes the display either misleading or useless for a lot of users. I'd suggest:
- Making Top-Question (and perhaps Top Answers) on network profiles display Meta Questions in a graphically different way than posts from other stacks.
- Allowing users to hide/show questions from Meta so that you could see a user's top 10 questions or answers with with and without Meta-posts.