Sounds complicated, is simple. When you get to meta through the link in the help drop menu, you can't get back to main the same way. Therefore I suggest adding a 4th item to that drop menu on meta sites, which could read something like:

Get back to the main site

You're on Meta site now

(Excuse me, English is not my first language and it might use some more clever help text.)

It was pointed out before on meta.TeX.SE that this assymetry can be confusing. I'm posting the request here since it should apply network-wide.

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    The way I see it, Meta is a "Help" resource for SO, but SO is NOT a "Help" resource for Meta. Therefore, I disagree. Dec 9, 2013 at 17:58
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    @JerryDodge On the other hand, the current assymetry is strange and confusing. When you click Tour or Help center, you still can get back to main by clicking the site banner/logo. This is not the case for Meta, which causes the troubles. IMHO what I propose is a good solution for this assymetry.
    – yo'
    Dec 9, 2013 at 18:00
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    Maybe the meta logo should lead to the main site? Dec 9, 2013 at 18:02
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    @JanDvorak Definitely not.
    – Servy
    Dec 9, 2013 at 18:02
  • There is symmetry there; on main, you see 'Meta', on meta you see 'What is Meta'. They both point to the help resource for the current site, the plate about the current site. Dec 9, 2013 at 18:13
  • @MartijnPieters The fact that things are symmetrical by the x-axis doesn't mean they're well symmetrical by the y-axis. You speak about x and I point out y. Honestly, can you point out any real cons of the link being there?
    – yo'
    Dec 9, 2013 at 18:15
  • This is the help menu; the Stack Exchange drop-down on the left also provides links to both the main and the meta sites. Why do we need another link? Dec 9, 2013 at 18:16
  • @MartijnPieters By the same argument: why do we need two meta links and only one main link? Ok, the answer can be: "Because we want to bring people to meta." However, don't we also "want to bring people from meta back to main"?
    – yo'
    Dec 9, 2013 at 18:18
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    @tohecz Sure. You're proposing the help link be changed to point to SO, but there isn't help information about Meta on SO, so people won't find help there. Not being able to find help there seems like a good reason to not link people there for help.
    – Servy
    Dec 9, 2013 at 18:18
  • @tohecz We don't have two meta links. We have one link to meta and one link to the help page, that simply happens to be hosted on meta.
    – Servy
    Dec 9, 2013 at 18:19
  • @Servy Yet, when someone clicks the link that you don't call a link, he get's lost since he can't get back. So, in the end, he might need help in getting to main. And as well, considering how often someone posts a main Q to meta, having a notice in the help menu, that real questions should go on main, wouldn't harm. (But as I said, I'm not English enough to find good words for that.)
    – yo'
    Dec 9, 2013 at 18:21
  • @tohecz: what evidence do you have that people get lost? Is there an actual problem here? Dec 9, 2013 at 18:24
  • @MartijnPieters Have you clicked the link that is in the question text, please?
    – yo'
    Dec 9, 2013 at 18:25
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    @tohecz If you think it should be easier to get back to the main site from the meta site that's one thing that makes sense, and I'd be willing to consider methods of doing that. Changing the "help" link is not an appropriate way of doing that though; simply because there are no help links about meta on the main site (nor should there be; they belong on meta).
    – Servy
    Dec 9, 2013 at 18:28
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    @tohecz Which is why I said that if you feel there should be a more obvious mechanism to get back to the main site I could understand it; this just is an entirely inappropriate decision as to how to go about doing that.
    – Servy
    Dec 9, 2013 at 18:40

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I'm not sure when exactly, but this has already been implemented.

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