This meta site is for many things, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Asking about content on our main site, Role-playing Games Stack Exchange (RPG.SE)
- Discussing policies for using the main site, such as how to (and how not to) ask, edit, tag, and answer questions
- Polling feedback from the site moderators and active users
- Asking about using the meta site itself (like this exact question does)
- Asking for silly pictures of holiday hats
While RPG.SE has somewhat strict expectations for formatting and structuring main site questions, meta site questions tend to be looser. Many of the meta site questions are framed more like a discussion or proposal, and less like a direct Q&A. Our help center page "What's Meta?" has a more complete explanation of how this meta site works.
Sometimes policies (which are crafted here on the meta site) grow old. Perhaps they were established by a prior core group of active users with a different expectations, and have become obsolete with newer users. Or perhaps they were proposed with certain goals, but did not work as expected. However, they usually aren't crafted with a specific lifetime or expiration date. Policies are assumed to hold indefinitely, until later changed by the site users.
Meta site policies are agreements for how to use the main site, and are proposed, discussed, and modified by site users. Sometimes policies are enforceable, such as via actions or edits by moderators or privileged users. Other policies are just agreements on practices and standards, which can be cited when gauging whether a question or answer is valid.
Note that upvote and downvote patterns are not enforceable by meta policies. Upvotes and downvotes result from the individual judgments of many users. They do not necessarily reflect the standards established by meta site policies. Users are allowed to downvote answers that comply with meta policies, or upvote answers that don't.
If a policy isn't working, or users repeatedly ignore it, or if it's causing unexpected side effects, then the protocol is to post about it here on the meta site. The post could ask why users aren't following it, or propose an alternative, or otherwise bring attention to the issue.