Why is my meta.gaming rep the same (minus lag) as my gaming rep? Is rep on the meta sites not valuable?
Voting on Meta is not for rewarding good questions, by giving good reputation to the asker. It is used more Meta-gamely. It displays community approval of point of the questions, and community preference in the answers (solutions/recommendations) given.
Not having your reputation be punished for making unpopular suggestions on meta is important. Knowing that it wouldn't hurt my rep, I could provide this suggestion, even though I thought it was quiet likely, to be voted down. I even told people to vote it down if they thought it a bad suggestion, because this is the mechanic that Meta uses. Right now, it is at -15 votes, this would have cost me 30 reputation, and have cost 15 people 1 rep to vote it down as a poor suggestion.
This was a unpopular suggestion, not a badly written question. Meta works different, and that is Ok.
Voting is different on meta. ... 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. From help
To allow for this, reputation is not tracked on Meta.
Reputation here is entirely derived from the parent website, and synchronized hourly. Your reputation here, is the same as your reputation on the parent website. Votes here do not affect your reputation on the parent site.
(However, please note that offensive penalties, if levied by the community through spam or offensive votes on your posts here, will affect your reputation on the parent website.)