Firstly, have you seen this subverse? /v/news has 50000 subscribers, and right now about 2000 in it from the last count. This subverse has 20. Nobody is looking at it, nobody cares, half the people probably don't even remember its name, if they know it exists at all.
Why is that? Obviously, it's so meta can be kept out of the way. But my question is, is it necessary? For one, how many meta posts actually are posted in /v/news? I checked the modlog and there weren't that many, mostly CSW bollocks, a few people asking to be upvoted, that sort of thing. So it doesn't seem, at least right now, that flooding of them in a place designed for news is a worry.
Next I say that visibility is an issue. Look at the subscribers or comment count of /v/news compared to this place. Do you think, then, that the supposed community is getting a fair go at highlighting and discussing issues with /v/news? How many people will see this post? Probably not that many. But I bet if they did, a lot of people would have very valid input on the subject. It could be quite a useful discussion. But that's not going to happen, because you've decided this has to take place where nobody will see it.
How is the general community of people who use /v/news supposed to have a fair discussion as a whole about potential issues if they don't know where to look, or if it's in a place nobody uses? All you get this way is input from a few individuals, which is never going to be enough to tell you what the community as a whole thinks.
Then you have the potential abuse of this. Again, it can't be seen. So if people have legitimate concerns, they won't be seen. It's not censorship, but if nobody sees it it's as good as. Same effect. There's the modlog if they try and post in /v/news, of course, but who looks there unless they're investigating specifically? This means only mods get to decide what discussions are important enough to be in /v/news; the ones they post as stickies. A corrupt mod could, this way, force all meta discussion here where it's unseen and carry on as normal.
- No visibility.
- Community as a whole doesn't get a fair go at discussing issues.
- Not much evidence of a flood of meta posts to justify banning them.
- Easy to abuse if you wanted. Not as important since it;s hypothetical, but worth noting I think.