I have a odd question, would it be ok to run contests in meta? something like "Who can make the best looking house" I think this would be a fun thing to do and wouldn't negatively affect the site. This SE site does something similar. What do you think about this?
While this may be fun, its really not the purpose of stackexchange or meta, such competitions can be run on forums and other community channels.
While not especially harmful its a distraction.