I received quite a few downvotes for a question I just asked here on Meta. If not here, where was I supposed to ask this question?
It is an appropriate question for Meta. It's just that people disagree with you (i. e. they don't find your feature request useful or necessary).
Just to clarify your doubt:
A down vote = disagreement? I thought a down vote = bad question.
For a long time, downvotes on Meta expressed disagreement. This has been changed recently, but it is still the case for
feature-request questions. "Downvote == bad question" is for other non-feature-requests and for every question on Stack Overflow.
People voted you down for a few reasons
- They disagree with your position (that users should have to write custom comments)
- They likely disagree with the tone in which you expressed that opinion and
- You received quite a few downvotes before editing an example into your question -- people downvote when arguments are not cogent or complete.
- Your question was a common duplicate. Since Meta has a good searching system (And Google is pretty good too), we expect people to see if their question has been asked before. Since that didn't happen, people downvoted your question.