First of all, other than format changes, etc., I don't think Meta stories should generally be on the front page. There are going to be people here who are more interested in discussion than they are in the whole community aspect, and vice versa. But having something like this on the front page, which basically tells Joe Blow that we have a huge problem with grammar and dead links won't do much to attract new and interesting people. I think that something like this would get plenty of traffic and discussion in the queue and in section. But for God's sake, let somebody new decide for themselves whether they want to deal with our apparent illiteracy, unrefined research skills and misunderstanding of simple HTML.
Second of all, like other people, I sort of resent being told how to vote. Having a rubric to lay things out for everybody will invariably take away from the site. I personally don't consider two or three spelling errors 'noise.' If there are other merits, then they don't matter. I still think the discussion is the most important part of this site.
My voting has become more refined as I have seen more stories. If I like a story, or want to discuss the author's contentions, then I scroll down and see that everybody has said what I wanted to say, that story gets dumped. This shouldn't be about making the writer feel good. It shouldn't be about me or you or whoever getting to express their opinion as a release. We should all try and teach each other. We won't do this by rejecting a potentially important viewpoint because of subject verb agreement.
That said, I think editorial comments are great. Sometimes a little harsh, but immensely useful. I don't know how interested you guys are in growing. It might not be important to some of you. I personally would like k5 to grow, just not too quickly. Trust me, even if a story makes it to the front page full of grammar and spelling errors, any new user that strolls over to the queue will see that the community not only was aware that the cat who wrote the first story they read here was English-challenged, but also that they still still respected his ideas, because in the queue, everybody's an English teacher. And if the story is good, everybody becomes a debater when it makes it out.
For me, this is not a magazine or a newspaper. I am not a teacher or an editor. The story needs to be taken in the context of the discussion or potential discussion.
I am my own home. - Banana Yoshimoto