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Every Stack Exchange 2.0 site has a meta. So many metas! Which one should I post my bug report, feature request, or discussion in?

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marked as duplicate by juergen d, Wooble, Martijn Pieters, ProgramFOX, hims056 Apr 4 at 13:05

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@juergend Gah... I only searched under [faq-proposed]... –  michaelb958 Apr 4 at 12:24
    
I only had a look at the right of this page :) 4th related question. Before posting someting the duplicate finder under the question title offers most of the time a pretty good selection of questions. –  juergen d Apr 4 at 12:25

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Quick cheat sheet:

  • Is the bug, feature, or discussion relevant to a lot of Stack Exchange?

    If yes, post it on Meta Stack Exchange. Note that Meta SE doesn't exist yet; use Meta Stack Overflow instead until it's launched.

    For example, if the icons on the topbar are broken in some way, this is a network-wide bug (as the topbar appears all across the network), and should be posted on Meta SE.

  • Is the bug, feature, or discussion relevant to only one SE community?

    If yes, it should go on that site's meta. Some notes:

    • Area 51 does actually have a meta; post on Area 51 Discuss with the [area51-meta] tag. The thing is, [area51-meta] is where posts go to die, so the majority of the community won't get too annoyed if you post on Meta SE with instead.
    • Stack Apps doesn't have a meta. Meta-discussion is acceptable on the main site; if that feels awkward to you, post on Meta SE with instead. We don't mind much.
    • There are a few miscellaneous locations (like stackexchange.com and the Data Explorer that don't have their own metas; again, post on Meta SE using , , or whatever tag's relevant.
       
  • Is the bug, feature, or discussion relevant to all beta sites?

    If yes, Meta SE is the place. Use .

End of cheat sheet.

If you got here without finding your answer, whatever-it-is is applicable to more than one site, but not all that many of them. This is the grey area - there's no real policy on what to do. Some suggestions:

  • If there's a site that is most affected, post on its meta.
  • If you tend to hang around Meta SE, post there.
  • If in doubt, post on the affected site you spend the most time on/otherwise feel most comfortable on.

But above all:

Don't worry too much.

Posts can be freely migrated between metas by anyone with a ♦, so there's no lasting stigma about posting in the "wrong" place. Nobody will remember you as "that guy who posted a on the wrong meta", so don't lose any sleep over it.

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This is not correct, you can post issues affecting all sites on any per-site meta you want. If a user is only active on one site, they don't even have to know about the existence of MSO, they can post about any issue on their per-site meta. –  Mad Scientist Apr 4 at 12:29
    
It also tells people use use a Meta SE site that will perpetually be 6 to 8 weeks away from being implemented. :P –  Wooble Apr 4 at 12:32
    
@Mad they can, but its better if they are posted here –  Richard Tingle Apr 4 at 12:37
    
@RichardTingle You can check the proposed duplicate for an answer by Rebecca Chernoff that shows just how strong the reaction from the community team is if anyone suggests that a question should be asked on MSO instead. –  Mad Scientist Apr 4 at 12:42
    
@Mad doesn't seem to dispute this. "Fine" means acceptable. Not optimal. If someone actually asked you "should I post this on the main meta or any child meta" would you honestly say "choose one at random" –  Richard Tingle Apr 4 at 12:44
    
@RichardTingle The answer is "post on the site you're more comfortable with", unless you actually need the bigger exposure you get on MSO it doesn't really make much of a difference. –  Mad Scientist Apr 4 at 12:46
    
@Mad And you'll need that bigger exposure for example for getting community concensus on a feature request that affects all sites –  Richard Tingle Apr 4 at 12:49

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