Discussing on meta helps to improve our site. Besides askings questions and answering of course, voting is especially helpful in making decisions.
What can we do to encourage people to participate more?
You can refer to meta in comments; there is a shorthand for this. If you leave a comment like:
Perhaps you'd like to discuss this on [meta] with us?
It will turn into an appropriate link. Try it! The full documentation of shorthand links is at
If you want to regard reputation as something desirable, a kind of reward system, and not only as an index of the expertise and helpfulness that other users have attributed to this user, integrating reputation gathered on meta might help. Afaik, currently, the accumulated meta rep is not visible anywhere.
The meta rep could be displayed
As of now, there are the "Convention" and "Quorum" badges on the main site. These could be changed to or complemented by badges connected to a certain amount of meta rep.
Badges earned on meta could be displayed on the main profiles.
Problems with meta SX sites in general are that:
If you're in megastore, you can find an inquiry desk. Like it or not, but TeX.SX is a kind of megastore and the point is to let people understand that meta is a kind of (specific) inquiry desk which helps you at being more efficient in
buying/selling things obtaining desired/sharing sought information from/to other TeX.SX customers/salesmen members.