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Fatherjack asked

[meta] meta questions

It seems to be the season for meta questions so here is one more: As meta questions have evolved into something akin to an opinion poll on the site should they therefore be marked as "community wiki"?
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TimothyAWiseman answered
I would say no, personally. For one thing, not all of them are opinion polls (though I can certainly see how some of them, including this one come close). For another, I think the site would be better off getting rid of "community wiki's" instead of encouraging more of them. Personally, if my name is attached to an answer or question, I do not want any random person being able to make edits to it. The moderators and high reputation people are slightly different and I do not mind their edits for two reasons: 1. They have that ability because they have earned the trust of this community. 2. By tradition since this site started they confine themselves to formatting and minor grammar/spelling tweaks. Neither of these will necessarily hold for community wikis.
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very valid points, I guess my worry is that someone can build a load of rep on answers to opinion based questions rather than technical ability/support on questions that are problems...
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I agree - no. And, the reason is that rep is only given if people vote for what you have written. If you express an opinion on a community matter that a lot of people want to vote for you on, then they are taking that choice to give you that rep. And I personally feel that people who are contributing to the direction and character of the community deserve just as much rep as those who give technical answers. A case in point - Tim here has so far got 20 rep for giving a reasoned and balanced answer - however last week I got 60 rep just for pointing out that someone had missing brackets... I actually think that the other way around would have been far more appropriate, but that's life, and I think that sort of thing evens itself out over a long period of time...
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And you both have valid points... Perhaps these questions should be tagged in some way that means that they are excluded from the rep calculations.
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Kev Riley answered
Other sites have avoided this mix-up of meta and subject-matter threads by having a separate meta site. I think we discussed this a few weeks ago and decided not to branch off like that. There has been an increase in meta recently, probably due to the switch-over from SE to OSQA, but I'm hoping that over time it will calm down.
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