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I've been pondering where voting behavior on Meta came from in the sense that it's not the same as ordinary sites. In the meta FAQ it says something along the lines of people voting based on how much they like or agree with a question or answer.
In response to some negative feedback, I am not against the notion. In fact, I would like to know what drives it and what makes it so useful.
If the current voting behavior was community-adopted as one post suggested, especially as a result of site-specific metas where reputation isn't tied to privileges, then it may not be as appropriate on MSE as on other meta sites.
Since voting is tied to privileges, downvoting freely can discourage new questions and thoughts. It may punish individuality by scaring users into not asking questions, for fear of reputation loss. This might cause questions to lean towards topics known to be popular with the populace.
There are a few cases of uncertainty regarding when or how to vote because a question on meta is researched and useful (or otherwise).
I know that it is ludicrous to ask the developers to change the tie to privileges and I respect their choices. I will not ask that. It just seems that voting might not be working out on MSE in the same way as it does on other meta sites as a result of this.
My question is on how the voting culture of MSE came about. I hope to understand why it is more effective, thanks.