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There is a lot of irritation and whining from newbies when their suggestions get downvoted because they don't understand that votes have a different meaning here.

This is unnecessary, and I'm absolutely sure is one of the contributing factors why some people turn away from Meta after first contact, and speak ill of it afterwardsnever return.

To fix this, when a user asks their first question here, it should be pointed out in big bold letters that voting follows different rules here than on the mother site.

Something like

Note that voting on Meta.stackoverflow.com works differently from the other Stack Exchange sites. Voting is used as an expression of agreement or disagreement on contributions here, rather than to point out a lack of quality or helpfulness. Do not be too concerned if you receive downvotes - it is possible that members of the community are simply disagreeing with what your contribution is suggesting.

There is a lot of irritation and whining from newbies when their suggestions get downvoted because they don't understand that votes have a different meaning here.

This is unnecessary, and I'm absolutely sure is one of the contributing factors why some people turn away from Meta after first contact, and speak ill of it afterwards.

To fix this, when a user asks their first question here, it should be pointed out in big bold letters that voting follows different rules here than on the mother site.

Something like

Note that voting on Meta.stackoverflow.com works differently from the other Stack Exchange sites. Voting is used as an expression of agreement or disagreement on contributions here, rather than to point out a lack of quality or helpfulness. Do not be too concerned if you receive downvotes - it is possible that members of the community are simply disagreeing with what your contribution is suggesting.

There is a lot of irritation and whining from newbies when their suggestions get downvoted because they don't understand that votes have a different meaning here.

This is unnecessary, and I'm absolutely sure is one of the contributing factors why some people turn away from Meta after first contact, and never return.

To fix this, when a user asks their first question here, it should be pointed out in big bold letters that voting follows different rules here than on the mother site.

Something like

Note that voting on Meta.stackoverflow.com works differently from the other Stack Exchange sites. Voting is used as an expression of agreement or disagreement on contributions here, rather than to point out a lack of quality or helpfulness. Do not be too concerned if you receive downvotes - it is possible that members of the community are simply disagreeing with what your contribution is suggesting.

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WhenThere is a lot of irritation and whining from newbies when their suggestions get downvoted because they don't understand that votes have a different meaning here.

This is unnecessary, and I'm absolutely sure is one of the contributing factors why some people turn away from Meta after first contact, and speak ill of it afterwards.

To fix this, when a user asks atheir first question on Metahere, it should be pointed out in big bold letters that voting follows different rules here than on the mother site.

Something like

Note that voting on Meta.stackoverflow.com works differently from the other Stack Exchange sites. Voting is used as an expression of agreement or disagreement on contributions here, rather than to point out a lack of quality or helpfulness. Do not be too concerned if you receive downvotes - it is possible that members of the community are simply disagreeing with what your contribution is suggesting.

When a user asks a first question on Meta, it should be pointed out in big bold letters that voting follows different rules here than on the mother site.

Something like

Note that voting on Meta.stackoverflow.com works differently from the other Stack Exchange sites. Voting is used as an expression of agreement or disagreement on contributions here, rather than to point out a lack of quality or helpfulness. Do not be too concerned if you receive downvotes - it is possible that members of the community are simply disagreeing with what your contribution is suggesting.

There is a lot of irritation and whining from newbies when their suggestions get downvoted because they don't understand that votes have a different meaning here.

This is unnecessary, and I'm absolutely sure is one of the contributing factors why some people turn away from Meta after first contact, and speak ill of it afterwards.

To fix this, when a user asks their first question here, it should be pointed out in big bold letters that voting follows different rules here than on the mother site.

Something like

Note that voting on Meta.stackoverflow.com works differently from the other Stack Exchange sites. Voting is used as an expression of agreement or disagreement on contributions here, rather than to point out a lack of quality or helpfulness. Do not be too concerned if you receive downvotes - it is possible that members of the community are simply disagreeing with what your contribution is suggesting.

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3 Perhaps we should also have a notice for first time users to at least attempt putting a tag other than the required tags. ♪
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