I posted this question today where I was confused about the title-filtering algo on SO, received an answer very quickly (great at this point!) and expressed an opinion about said algo in a comment. The result of that and a couple other comments was that the question itself was downvoted a lot as well as the actual question the meta was referring to, got a crowd of downvotes and meaningless and incorrect edits.
Now I have two questions about this. One - do people indeed consider it "correct" (in whatever "correct" means on SO) to downvote the (meta) question because of a comment in it? Or did people think that was a -19 (and counting, given events so far, I'd be surprised if more didn't follow after this post) question itself? (and be honest with yourself if you downvoted - did you really downvote the question before reading the comments?)
And the second one is - a quick check would reveal that people who actually are the major contributors of the
r community did not in fact think that there was much if anything wrong with either the title or the question or the following answer to the question (which also somehow got into the cross-fire). Yet the question got quite a few downvotes coming from the meta crowd (again, wouldn't be surprised if more followed after this). I think this quite clearly lowers the quality of SO a lot more than some silly disagreement over what a "proper" title should look like, what do you think?