This is a follow-up to the well-received discussion Should the rep requirement for Meta be lowered to 1?
Currently users need 5 reputation to participate in Meta. The reason for this requirement, according to the privilege description, is:
Because we allow anonymous participation, we require a small bit of parent site reputation to prevent spam, and ensure that meta is for active, engaged members of the community.
This leads for WB.SE to the situation that completely new users can't try our Sandbox, which is specifically designed to help new users that are struggling to phrase their questions in such a way that they are well-received by the community. We are excluding the people that need this help the most from making use of this opportunity. It's also difficult to communicate to new users, because right now we have to mention that there is a rep requirement for participating on Meta and therefore for the Sandbox while telling them that they can get help for phrasing their questions in the Sandbox.
At the same time lowering the reputation requirement to participate on Meta may potentially lead to new users mistaking Meta for the Main site or the whole Meta site for the Sandbox. It's also a meta-wide change that would make WorldBuilding from lots of other sites, which may make it more difficult for regular users from other sites to understand what's going on, for example when they see that a completely new user posts something on Meta. We already raised the protection threshold for questions meta-wide for the Sandbox. But so far there seem to be no discussions indicating that this change had any negative consequences for the site.
It's possible to lower the reputation requirement to participate on Meta. ProgrammingPuzzles&CodeGolf already does this. As outlined in Should we remove the reputation requirement for answering on meta? the reason for this is their Sandbox for Proposed Challenges, which is supposed to help new users craft challenges. They also outlined that many other Stacks might not have usecases for completely new 1-rep users to post something on Meta, but in their case there is a clear advantage to allowing new people access to a resource that helps in writing a question for their site.
There was also the question Did decreasing the amount of rep required for meta cause spam? to which a mod on PPCG replied in the comments:
We may have gotten a few more users that mistook meta for the sandbox or the main site, but no actual spam.
And under the only answer, which indicated that normal users didn't perceive any real spam because of this change, another mod mentioned:
Some additional evidence: there are no reports on MetaSmoke for spam on Meta.PPCG ever. Given how good MS is at judging spam, I'd say this is a very strong indicator.
The comments to Should the rep requirement for Meta be lowered to 1? indicate that there some people don't want this change for WorldBuilding. The answers indicate that it would be a good change (Disclosure: one of the three answers is from myself). The votes show support for the different solutions outlined.
- We can ask to have the rep requirement lowered to 1 for question and answers.
- We can ask to have the rep requirement lowered to 1 for answers.
It's important to note that everyone with less than 5 rep can already ask about their own posts on Meta..
This post is specifically meant as a feature-request. Please vote to indicate whether you think this is a change that you want to see implemented or not. The linked discussion Should the rep requirement for Meta be lowered to 1? is specifically meant as a discussion.
- Please upvote this feature-request to show that you want the rep requirement for participation on Meta to be lowered.
- Please also upvote one of the specific proposal answers to indicate whether you want the rep requirement to be lowered only for answers or for answers and questions.
- Please downvote this feature-request to show that you want the rep requirement for participation on Meta to stay the way it currently is.
The goal of this feature-request is to gauge how the community feels about lowering the rep requirement for participation on WorldBuilding Meta. The votes on this feature-request are the indicator for whether the community wants such a change or not.