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, 2019 at 17:25
  • Remember the net neutrality apocalypse? I do. Good times.
    – user1228
    Feb 4, 2019 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. Feb 4, 2019 at 13:31
  • What makes an idea an idea in your book?
    – Ooker
    Feb 4, 2019 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 Mod
    Feb 4, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 at 15:22
  • @Ooker I can only explain my downvote, which I already did, can't know for sure about others who downvoted, sorry. Feb 5, 2019 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. Feb 22, 2019 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. Feb 22, 2019 at 17:28

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