Voting on Meta is a bit of a two-headed beast. In addition to the regular meaning of votes as on other sites, the votes on Meta are sometimes also cast to express agreement or disagreement.
In the old FAQ the alternate meaning was explained using the qualifier "often". That is, voting on Meta is often used to express agreement/disagreement. I personally already thought that was a bit much, given that most of my votes were regular votes. Many times Meta questions show no prior research, are unclear or not useful. But well, I could live with that explanation.
In the new help center however it is stated that "Votes on meta are generally used to express agreement or disagreement with a particular idea, rather than indicating the quality of research or factual correctness of a post".
I personally think that's taking it slightly too far. Perhaps it's just me, but I'd like to the help-center to reflect that while voting works as it does on other sites, it does have an alternate meaning. And yes, that might happen regularly, but with the way it's phrased now it seems that all votes are cast in agreement/disagreement. And I don't think that's the case. We now have a situation in which all downvotes are explained away with a "ah, voting is different". And I often end up thinking "No it's not".
Perhaps the beginning of that section could be changed to something like:
Voting on Meta is sometimes different
While this is a meta site, we do appreciate a clearly formulated and well-researched question. As is the case on the main sites, questions which fall short in this regard might receive downvotes, while excellent questions might be upvoted.
Voting on Meta does sometimes have an alternative meaning however. They can be used to express agreement....etc.
Of course this is merely an example to get the point across. Thoughts? Perhaps you have an alternative formulation? Or am I completely off-base and are all votes merely cast in agreement/disagreement and should I get with the plan?