This community has a base set of policies and procedures spelled out on our site tour. Beyond that, the particulars are hashed out in Meta through discussion and voting. Answers that are voted up and have a majority backing then become site policy. Thus Meta has the appearance of authority.
I observe that Meta is also sometimes used as a deposit box, where personal reflections/opinions/observations that are stored may later be drawn on in conversation, comments, etc. by a link. While this is a convenient, and economic use of Meta on a personal level--it saves typing, it enables us to communicate larger blocks of information in a smaller space--I am concerned about the potential for confusion, especially to new members.
This potential for confusion is especially imminent when moderators use Meta in this way. It naturally creates the impression that personal agendas are site policy.
How can we avoid such confusion?