I recently discovered Meta Stack Exchange and asked a programming question on it. Subsequently, it got (down|delete|close) voted for this reason:

This question does not appear to be about the software that powers the Stack Exchange network, within the scope defined in the help center.

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The downvotes don't indicate that this question sucks. They indicate that it doesn't deserve to be tagged with , and that's totally OK.

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    I like the intention. But TBH, people who post programming questions on meta.SO or meta.SE are very unlikely to find this post and be willing and able to understand it. – Mysticial Jul 15 '16 at 20:58
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    I don't see this being incredibly useful. I've never encountered this actually being asked so much that we need to have it available on demand, or that we need to have a bloated version of the words "you're on the wrong site" to explain that they're on the wrong site. – animuson Jul 15 '16 at 21:31
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    I suspect that there's a reason why that off-topic reason doesn't specially tell the OP to repost on the correct site. People who post programming questions on meta.SO or meta.SE are either banned or are highly unlikely to be able to post a question that meets quality standards. IOW, what we (the site) wants is for the person to GTFO and stay away. Of course that isn't very diplomatic. So we leave them in a limbo state so they get confused and will leave on their own. – Mysticial Jul 15 '16 at 21:32
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    @animuson I could imagine pointing users who post off-topic questions to something like this when I vtc. – Catija Jul 15 '16 at 21:41
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    Do downvotes on FAQ proposals (such as this one) indicate that the community doesn't think the proposal is a viable FAQ entry, just like the downvotes on feature requests? – user8397947 Jul 15 '16 at 22:55
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    @dorukayhan Almost certainly, yes. – Aza Jul 16 '16 at 1:06
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    I am amused to see that some very clever person voted to close this as "no repro". I only wish that were true. – Nathan Tuggy Jul 16 '16 at 3:41
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    Possible duplicate of Sudden increase in off-topic posts on MSE – rene Jul 16 '16 at 8:31
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    Why are we really trying to look for a reason to close this? I'm too bored; I'll leave it open. – M.A.R. Jul 16 '16 at 16:14
  • @rene That post looks more like "related" rather than "duplicate", I think. – user8397947 Jul 16 '16 at 16:18
  • @dorukayhan yes, it is related but I really think the question is not helpful so it should be closed. None of the other close options did fit IMHO, so I chose a possible dupe. – rene Jul 16 '16 at 16:25
  • Heavily downvoted faq is useless. Better delete this or at least remove the faq proposed tag as it will not be a faq – Shadow The Princess Wizard Nov 18 '16 at 7:53

How is MSE different from Stack Overflow?

As mentioned at the top and bottom of its tour, Stack Overflow is just one of the 150+ sites in a question-answer network called Stack Exchange. It's where questions about solving specific programming problems1 are asked.

Meta Stack Exchange is about something completely different - it's where bugs, policies and feature requests that affect every single site in SE are discussed. In other words, questions on MSE should be "about the software that powers the Stack Exchange network, within the scope defined in the help center."

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1 - Be sure to mention what you have tried.

What am I supposed to do?

Well... ask that programming question on SO!

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