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In my experience, sharing ideas (which are opinion-based and not really questions by nature) is fine in meta sites. The posts can be:

So I think it is perfectly fine to sharing ideas on meta without asking any question. I want to make sure if my understanding is correct, because I have such an idea about Stack Exchange vs Reddit and am quite surprised when it is downvoted and closed.

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  • @gnat it seems like the answer is pretty clear: yes. In that case, I wonder why my question is heavily downvoted – Ooker Feb 4 '19 at 17:25
  • Remember the net neutrality apocalypse? I do. Good times. – user1228 Feb 4 '19 at 21:50
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Oh, sure, if they are ideas about the Stack Exchange network, it's fine. That's where a is for. The usual criteria for subjective questions still apply, though in my experience they are more relaxed than on main sites. Also, try to fit your idea in a Q&A format, instead of providing a self-answer in the question itself. FWIW, I didn't downvote your question, but it doesn't qualify as an 'idea' in my book.

You could argue that the Net Neutrality discussion wasn't really about Stack Exchange; the same holds for a few other political items which have been discussed before. We've had a discussion about that before, and the majority stance on Meta (with lots of users having valid objections) is that Stack Exchange, Inc. is allowed to bend the rules a bit on very special occasions.

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    Well, "difference between SE and Reddit" is too much like a poll and/or opinion based, hence I consider this off topic. Might elaborate in a new answer after baking it a bit. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Feb 4 '19 at 13:31
  • What makes an idea an idea in your book? – Ooker Feb 4 '19 at 13:45
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    MW defines it as 'a formulated thought or opinion'. I'd add to that definition that it should try to solve a problem, not merely be a list of facts, which your 'question' is. I wouldn't even call that post subjective, though there could be some subjective points in that list. – Glorfindel Feb 4 '19 at 13:53
  • It actually an answer to a problem in Academia Meta before porting as an idea: When should we ask questions on Reddit?. I've tried to explain its importance, but maybe not enough – Ooker Feb 4 '19 at 14:06
  • @ShadowWizard and Glorfindel: if possible, can you explain why it is heavily downvoted? Maybe some people find it on-topic and some are not, but the fact that it is heavily downvoted tells me that they are consensus on something. I wonder what it is. – Ooker Feb 4 '19 at 15:22
  • @Ooker I can only explain my downvote, which I already did, can't know for sure about others who downvoted, sorry. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Feb 5 '19 at 7:58
  • The legal name of the company is Stack Exchange, Inc. "Stack Overflow" is a brand name, no "Inc." after it. I prefer using the legal name since the latter can be confused with the name of the site, but feel free to use the brand name instead. – Sonic the K-Day Hedgehog Feb 22 '19 at 17:27
  • @Ooker I guess many people downvoted because you weren't really asking a question, i.e. you weren't really seeking input and discussion from the community. I'm guessing a lot of those downvotes wouldn't have taken place if you had instead asked, "how is SE different from Reddit" and put the comparison in an answer. – Sonic the K-Day Hedgehog Feb 22 '19 at 17:28

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