Tim Stone asked: Do you feel like a representative percentage of the community participates in your site's meta? Based on that, how strongly do you think feedback presented on meta should factor into your decision making as a moderator?
Madmanguruman answered: I don't think the general population plays much with meta. That said, most of the power users in meta have good ideas about how the site should work, and their opinions are valuable. I certainly would take their thoughts into consideration.
W5VO answered: I think that Meta participation is improving, but I don't think that it is the majority (number-wise) of users. Feedback on Meta is very important to me - it is how the will of the community is forged into a consensus.
clabacchio answered: I really like the discussions that raise in Meta, and as I said I spend quite some time on it. Most often I see only the usual ~10 members as active there, and their opinion is always interesting. Moreover, you can see all the different points of view about the site.
jippie answered: People have to find their way around the stack, and this doesn't necessarily go in sync with the privileges gained from reputation. Users that don't run into site-related questions or issues are not going to look for meta, let alone spend their time there. Users that run into uncertainty, doubt, problems with the site, ... those are the ones that usually have spent more time on the stack, those are usually the people that you find on meta.
jippie continued: These people write from experience and the others in turn can vote on their view. If the majority of these senior users have an entirely different view on how the site should be run in contrast to my view, then probably my first rule "to enjoy spending time at EE.SE" no longer works out and I should make a choice: whether to keep modding or hand over to the next generation.