How can Meta be made more conducive to discussions?
If, as stated here: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/faq#vote-differences,
voting on this part of the site reflects agreement/disagreement, why is it otherwise treated in exactly the same way as it is on other parts of the site?
I see a couple of problems with this:
- Downvoting due to disagreement is rather upsetting: as a 'regular' user, I am more familiar with downvoting representing bad quality elsewhere on the site
- Reputation here is therefore affected by subjective popularity of questions/comments, rather than objective quality of questions/comments. This seems against the ethos of StackExchange.
I do not want to delete (any) heavily downvoted questions, for reasons of archiving - my opinion has not changed and I do not consider the quality of my contribution to be bad. I think a dissenting opinion is important to preserve for the benefit of discussion.
But, from a StackExchange 'game' point of view I ought to delete badly rated questions and answers: they badly affect my rep here. So, dissenting opinions are presumably regularly removed from this section of the site (by other users).
Is this a desirable consequence?