I've been looking over the Meta vote questions and a few other questions and their comments and I have to say that I'm not really liking some of the direction being taken by this site. I know I'm just an average user and I have been infrequent in the last year and to be honest I mainly go between this one and Sci/fi&Fantasy so maybe I'm not the type of user that really is sought after here. I'm not sure.
I have noticed that often new users are met with rules and not help as their greeting. It is given in the generic " Hi welcome to " format but I feel some clearer direction is needed for new users. It bothers me that sometimes Movies&TV reminds me of a comicbook store where you either are a regular that sits there and discusses trivia and hypotheticals all day long or you are a ridiculed potential customer (if you don't get the analogy imagine Comicbook guy from the Simpsons mocking you for liking something). I'd like to put it up for discussion and see if anyone else thinks this way or if I am in fact the one that's being harsh on the community.
Christin Rau suggested that I add this from Chat: @KevinHowell If the main point you wanted to make is that people are close-voting too fast (which is a valid point), you might want to add that into the currently slightly fuzzy meta-question to make it a bit more substantial.
Close voting too quick is definitely part of the issue but not all of it. I think I'm more concerned about encouraging new users and creating a thriving community environment.