Note: I am aware that this is the epitome of an opinion-based question. I am explicitly asking for people's personal opinions. Bearing in mind that this is meta and it works differently from a regular site, I feel that it is an acceptable question for Meta.SE and can provide useful information and feedback for the future.
With recent events across the Stack Exchange network, there are a lot of new faces around here on Meta Stack Exchange. Welcome! However, one thing I've noticed that may be causing a couple sticking points is that the people who are starting (or renewing in some cases) their participation due to recent events may have a different idea of what the site is as opposed to the people who have been sticking around Meta.SE as regulars since before this happened.
In light of this, I'd like to ask for your personal opinion (*gasp*). What purpose does Meta.SE serve in your eyes?
For instance, it could be a place to report bugs that affect the network; it could be a place to have important discussions that relate to the network; it could be a place to interact with staff; it could be a place to air your grievances; it could be your community. Or anything else.
Knowing how different people view the site may help to shed light on decisions that have been made, such as relating to moderation, and might help people understand others' point of a view a bit more.
What is Meta.SE to you?
Note 2: This is not the place to air specific grievances or get into arguments. Please keep your posts as neutral as possible; this isn't the place to solve any issues, it's just to gather information on how different people use the site. Using examples is fine, but please use your judgement and not allow this to devolve into a mess. I'd like this to remain a constructive post for everyone involved.