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Meta Stack Exchange seems to have different rules and user behavior than the "regular" Stack Exchange sites. How is it different?

Individual questions answered below:

  • What do votes mean on Meta? Why was my well-written post downvoted?
  • When should posts on Meta be set to community wiki?
  • Why are there posts closed as "exact duplicates" when they're not exact duplicates?
  • Why do so many Meta questions ask about irrelevant topics?
  • Should I do anything before posting on Meta?
  • What are required tags? Why do I have to include them?
  • What is special about the red tags? Why can't I add or remove them from a question's tags?

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How do I participate in Meta and not die trying?
The many memes of Meta

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possible duplicate of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/44188/… –  perbert Apr 23 '10 at 16:04
    
@voy: There isn't a single topic of overlap between the two questions. I will, however, put a link to that question as related. –  Jon Seigel Apr 23 '10 at 16:08
    
The meta-comment will be removed eventually, so they should be linked to properly in the post. And the Memes one isn't exactly a new question. –  Jon Seigel Apr 23 '10 at 17:33
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Voting

Like normal Stack Exchange sites, Meta allows members to vote on questions and answers. For most posts, votes reflect the perceived usefulness: well-written, well-reasoned, well-researched posts tend to get more attention and more upvotes. Highly-voted and frequently-linked posts may become part of the community-curated FAQ or codified as part of the site’s Help pages.

Unlike normal Stack Exchange sites, Meta invites the community to discuss, debate and propose changes to the way the community itself behaves, as well as how the software itself works. On posts tagged , voting indicates agreement or disagreement with the proposed change rather than just the quality or usefulness of the post itself.

Closing as "duplicate"

Normally, voting to close as an exact duplicate of another post means just that: the post to be closed is an exact duplicate or a subset of another question. On Meta sites, however, it's not unusual for a question to be closed as a duplicate of another post that merely covers the same topic, especially if the second post is a entry. This helps people find/learn about the sites' policies, which is a significant part of Meta's mission.

Tone

Meta has a reputation for being more... relaxed than the other Stack Exchange sites. Jokes and non-serious posts that would be swiftly deleted on the other sites have been welcomed here in the past and are sometimes still tolerated today, though not to the degree that they were before.

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See also meta.stackexchange.com/questions/270/… –  Pops Jul 29 '11 at 14:29
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Required Tags

When asking a question on Meta, you must include one of the four following required tags. This helps classify questions according to the type of response needed.

You've found an erroneous or unexpected behaviour in the system that needs to be fixed. Your question will include what you did to discover the bug, the steps required to reproduce the problem, the given system output, and the expected system output. If necessary to document or explain the issue, include a screenshot in your post. Liberal use of freehand circles is strongly encouraged.

You want to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

You have an idea for a new feature to be added to the Stack Exchange network engine. Your question will contain the details of your proposal, along with a justification that the new feature is needed.

You need help with the use of one of the network sites' features.


Moderator-only Tags

These tags can only be applied and removed by diamond moderators. They appear in red, not the usual gray, and confer a degree of official status.

Indicates that a post is an official poll for community ad selection. A moderator-only tag since July 19, 2011.

Indicates that a question is a part of the official Stack Overflow FAQ.

Marks a question for display in the Meta house ad on the Stack Overflow main page. This concept originated on per-site metas, and does not appear to be fully implemented on MSO at this time.

Indicates that a submitted issue is actually due to the existing design of the system and is not considered erroneous behaviour. In other words, "it's not a bug, it's a feature!"

Indicates that a feature request has been implemented, a bug has been fixed, or another type of request has been processed.

Indicates that a request (usually a feature request) has been considered, but will not be implemented.

Indicates that the issue will be reviewed in the future.

Indicates that a reported erroneous behavior cannot be reproduced by the development team.

Indicates that a feature request has been considered and received positively enough that its implementation has been placed in the development queue.

Indicates that the symptoms of a bug report have been reproduced/confirmed by the development team.

Indicates that a feature request or possible solutions to a bug are set to be internally reviewed.

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So the difference between six and eight weeks is simply planned or deferred? –  Tim Post Apr 23 '10 at 16:02
    
@Jon - It was more an ill attempt at humor than a suggestion :) –  Tim Post Apr 23 '10 at 16:28
    
@Tim: Damn. I fail. LOL –  Jon Seigel Apr 23 '10 at 17:11
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I didn't even know about [status-review] ! –  Earlz Apr 23 '10 at 17:48
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@Earlz: now you know –  perbert Apr 23 '10 at 17:54
    
@Earlz: I didn't know about it either, until I was writing the answer. Fortunately there aren't that many tags on meta, so I just clicked through the whole list to make sure I didn't miss any. Unless, of course, there's an super-special red tag that exists on paper but hasn't been applied to any real post yet.... –  Pops Apr 23 '10 at 19:07
    
@PopularDemand I heard that tag is tagged internally on paper with [status-planned]. :P Wait... what is "a lot of tag pages to flip through" when "not many" is classified as 44?!?!?!?! (Or did the number of pages increase drastically recently?) –  Annonomus Person Jul 31 '13 at 0:42
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Search first

Before you post, please use the search function. It's extremely likely that what you are going to ask has been asked/discussed many times before.

Don't complain if you're treated a bit rough for posting a duplicate question

You were told to search first, weren't you?

Bring your sense of humor

Meta can seem to be harsh at first, but it's actually far from it. Just be polite and don't act in a trollish way. Everyone here is here to help you.

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