On StackExchange sites, a downvote indicates a bad or non-useful question/answer. A user with many downvotes may receive a question-ban or answer-ban to encourage better contributions. This makes complete sense.

Conversely, votes on Meta sites are used to express agreement or disagreement over a question or answer. Downvotes may not indicate a bad contribution, just an unpopular opinion.

I just received the "in danger of being blocked" warning on this site, Meta.SE. I don't think I am a bad contributor by most standards. All my questions and answers have been well-received and deemed useful on the non-Meta sites.

The current behavior severely limits people from expressing unpopular ideas or issues. See the related question, "That downvoted questions make you lose reputation limits diversity of opinion in Meta", which is similar but has a different focus.

This issue is very specific to Meta.SE, which is kind of a hybrid content+meta site. Is this something we want to consider? Should Meta.SE have different rules for bans because of the difference in context?

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    Note that Meta.SE is special and different; child-metas have no such ban. Sep 17 '14 at 6:48
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    Meta.SE already has a vastly adjusted ban algorithm. You are in no danger of triggering it. Sep 17 '14 at 6:49
  • @MartijnPieters Yes exactly.. That's what I point out in my last para.
    – metacubed
    Sep 17 '14 at 6:49
  • @MartijnPieters Oh hmm.. Why the warning then? I can see it even now.
    – metacubed
    Sep 17 '14 at 6:50
  • The warning is based only on recent posts and on Meta.SE can be ignored, really. Sep 17 '14 at 6:53
  • @MartijnPieters thanks! Can you post an answer so i can accept it?
    – metacubed
    Sep 17 '14 at 6:54
  • @MartijnPieters I'm hoping to avoid another entry in my list of zero-answer unaccepted questions :)
    – metacubed
    Sep 17 '14 at 6:58

Meta.SE has already vastly lowered the thresholds at which you'll receive a post ban, and you certainly are not in any danger of receiving the ban. I've only ever seen 1 or 2 people running into the ban after quite deliberate trolling.

The warning you received is based entirely on your most recent posts and on Meta.SE can be ignored.

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