I asked an honest question yesterday (my second ever on meta), and was dissapointed albeit unsurprised to be met with 6 downvotes -- many of which came after I accepted the answer.
As soon as the question was answered, I tried to delete it since it was garnering so much negativity, but couldn't since there was an answer.
My sense is that I was being "punished" for trying to contribute; explaining why my question didn't make sense and me accepting that wasn't enough -- I also had to lose a bunch of points and then had the question closed as a dupe (which although is similar, is not an exact dupe).
Is the point to discourage people from asking questions? Or to prevent people from contributing? Or is it more a symptom people being jaded by many low-quality or inappropriate questions?
Either way, it seems to be a fine way to alienate potential contribution.