When I run /me/associated with main_site as a parameter in types, its gives meta_site accounts also (Meta Stack Exchange profile).

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This is exactly how it should be (except that the doc page might be more explicit).
The meta_site parameter refers to Per-site Metas.

Meta Stack Exchange is not a per-site meta. Think of it as a Stack Exchange main site about Stack Exchange itself -- encompassing Stack exchange operations and hundreds of SE-operated sites.
See "The future of meta.stackoverflow and meta.stackexchange", and its linked and related posts, for more information.

If you have questions and/or expertise about almost anything Stack Exchange (that's beyond a per-site meta's scope), then Meta Stack Exchange is where you go.
It's like apple.stackexchange.com, only for Stack Exchange.

Yes, Meta Stack Exchange is not a perfect "Main" site -- in that it has a bit of a meta culture (a lower fact/opinion ratio, for one) but it's more main site than meta and is treated as such on all the utility pages, and in SEDE and the API.

Meta Stack Exchange is also not the only "main" site to be its own per-site meta. Stack Apps is another example of that (and Area 51 has no per-site meta).

See also, the per-site-meta tag on Meta Stack Exchange.

  • Meta Stack Exchange comes under both: main_site and meta_site!
    – amit jha
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 7:08
  • It doesn't for me or for your id. Do you have a link or screen shot showing otherwise? Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 7:37
  • Sorry, its Meta Stack Overflow profile, where I don't even have an account for that. This is when types is meta_site. When types is meta_site the results are coming as explained by you.
    – amit jha
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 11:27

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