I'm an experienced user on Stack Overflow and Stack Overflow meta but haven't participated in other sites too much so far. Therefore I have a question before I start participating more fully on Japanese Language meta.

On SO meta, downvotes and upvotes in addition to their normal usage also mean agreeing / disagreeing with the proposition in the post (see for instance here: Voting on Meta is not just for (dis)agreement. Update the help center to reflect this):

Unlike normal Stack Exchange sites, Meta invites the community to discuss, debate and propose changes to the way the community itself behaves, as well as how the software itself works. On posts tagged feature-request, voting indicates agreement or disagreement with the proposed change rather than just the quality or usefulness of the post itself.

Does the same apply to Japanese Language meta?

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    Voting up to show this is a good question, not to show my opinion on which way to go (-: Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 4:35

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On travel.SE we decided this way, and I believe it's different to what's done on SO:

  1. Voting on a question indicates whether you feel it's a question that's worth asking, and whether you feel it was well stated.

  2. Voting on questions should never be a vote for or against the proposal in the question since it's too ambiguous with 1. above.

  3. Vote on the answers to show which solution to the problem you prefer.

A single answer should not be ambiguously covering more than one outcome if the purpose of the entire thread is to decide a specific issue by community vote. In less important threads this doesn't matter so much.

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    Yes, voting on questions would be different. I am personally happy with whichever way as long as it's clear.
    – Szymon
    Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 4:50

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