Here's my take on what happened this week:
For whatever reason, EL&U was hit with a lot of inferior questions, all in a matter of a couple of days.
Many regulars in the community, somewhat irked by a flood of poor questions, responded with a flurry of downvotes.
Many onlookers and askers, taken aback by the outbreak of downvotes, came to meta, to wonder ...
Requests for resources that help the community in doing research for better questions and answers should be on-topic on ELU meta.
This actually goes against our established SE policy that meta should be for questions about the main site, but let's make an exception here. We have a user base that are experts in the language, and who else would know about ...
In the interest of discussing facts rather than speculation, here's some recent data on posts and votes:
As you can see, there has been a slight increase in down-voting recently, following shortly after a small jump in questions posted. This would seem to jibe with J.R.'s observation of a short burst of poor-quality questions.
It's not on the main menu or list of communities
I present you with the list of communities:
It also used to be on the main menu, but was scraped in favor of being put on this list instead, as well as the Help menu.
Could a pointer to metas be provided in a more obvious place?
I present you with the front page:
is hidden in 'help'
You will have to ...
It probably is less important where they are kept and more important that they not be difficult to find.
There is no hard and fast rule about where a given SE community should keep its resource questions; many communities welcome them on their main site.
At the start, EL&U welcomed resource questions on main. The community later preferred to have them ...
I don't have a problem with any of those tags, and I'm not even certain that the lack of any information for them is much of a problem either, I'm afraid. However, I haven't checked whether the existing questions which use these tags follow common sense.
All these tags serve different purposes, and I believe that apart from the overarching answers tag, ...
tl;dr It was the simplest way to take the questions off Main.
I've wondered about it, but perhaps one reason is that providing resource suggestions is about how to use the site: at least where to do your own research before asking a question. – Andrew Leach♦
I didn't find any reasons on ELU Meta for resources to be on-topic there. I also looked briefly ...
I created a query that shows the votes you get between accepted answers, down-votes, and up-votes. The given link is for the question; in the case the vote is for the answer, the link will be for the question containing the answer.
The data in the Data Explorer are updated more frequently, now. As I see from this query, Data Explorer is using data updated ...
The background color of page elements marked tagged-interesting should be changed from the color #fafafb. That color is basically indistinguishable from the default background. It should be darkened. The color #eff0f1, which is already in the scheme for code blocks and blockquotes, would do fine.
I have flagged this as a bug. The site design clearly intends ...
Yes, please update the help center!
In the comments to this question which was migrated to meta the OP correctly noted:
When I typed "Where can I find a list ..." many other questions appeared in this format that were not closed. After reading the rules, I didn't see anything discouraging a user from asking for data, so I decided to post. – Trevor Hickey ...
Resources are on-topic for Meta.ELU.
They're usually tagged resources (like this question).
See the questions at What Good Reference Works On English Are Available.
Many of these are considered community wiki, so that every one can add to a more formal answer.
We tell users to downvote whenever the “question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful”. But frequent downvoting seems to be perceived by some commenters as bad.
I am a frequent downvoter. I wish to champion free use of downvotes. More people should use their quota of downvotes, because they make the site better.
Downvoting is my ...
I like Lawrence's idea of a stub that points to meta. Just fill it with all the words people might search for. Make it Community Wiki, lock it and add a stern warning not to post similar requests on the main site.
The people who post these request don't look at either the help center or meta. Thus, the rules or the existing posts on meta do not help. I ...
Right now, style is a synonym for writing-style, which is the master.
Meanwhile, formatting is gone, although format exists and matches 13 questions, mostly closed. One could make formatting the master and format the synonym, but I don’t find the tag particularly clear as things stand.
This is because that searching for questions that happen to contain ...