Bear with me on this one...
I have spent some time on several of the other SE sites, especially those currently in Beta.
I realise, after having spent many of the best days of my life (waffling) on this site, the importance of the meta site to the entire functioning of the main site. This is where the community tests their ideas and rallies their troops; including unfair or unacceptable behaviour.
The meta communities on other sites just don't seem to have the same weight, community, love as the meta.stackoverflow site.
What are your suggestions for increasing this engagement on other sites? Should moderators from other sites be trained/instructed/prodded on the importance of building up their meta site?
Do moderators from other sites have enough training to do tasks like moving questions from main site to meta, merging tags and building a FAQ or any other high level task?
Or is this something that will/should happen over time as the community grows the need and importance of the moderation will grow?
I see on my current site of choice there are many admin tasks and discussions that should be happening, but aren't. Should I be encouraging that site to be more like MSO or just relax and see how things go?