TL;DR Surely downvoting valid discussions is discouraging users from asking good questions?
A couple of weeks ago, someone posted an answer on the main site. Because of the scope changes, it was deleted. He came here to ask about it:
His experience is probably fairly unique - most people posting a bad question here wouldn't think to take it to Meta.
The deletion on the main site was valid - the answer was bad.
I don't think downvoting a Meta post with a clear question, a desire to improve their main site post and reasonable grammar and presentation is productive to a site that wants high quality questions.
If the user is willing - outgoing enough, even - to post on Meta, asking for improvements, what will downvoting this post accomplish? I'm not saying don't downvote low quality and similar - that is 100% necessary, I'm trying to say that the user wants to ask a good question, [following the rules], and are doing their best to do this. Should schools give detentions for asking a teacher how to improve their bad essay?
This site shouldn't be like this. It can't be the approach can it?