At Google, the bottom categories are rarely used and "Meets Expectations" is a huge window (3.0-3.4) from the 3rd to 65th percentile. Since you only get your bucket, your manager could be saying that he's giving you a perfectly respectable 3.4, while actually raping you in the ass with a 3.0.
Often, you have managers who give the 3.0 and 3.1 to keep reports immobile (they can't transfer) while conveying that they are getting average or average-plus scores. But whenever there's a witch-hunt-I-mean-dishonest-layoff-I-mean-"Low Performer Initiative" those people given 3.0s get hit with PIPs, which is not what even their managers wanted.
I told you just three days ago that if you wouldn't or couldn't stop doing this, I would ban your account . This comes after more warnings, reminders, cajolings, and please-dont's than anyone has received in the history of HN by a long shot. It's painfully evident that you won't or can't stop, and it's time we applied the rules equally.
Edit: the parent comment was killed by user flags. We didn't delete it or moderate it.
The reasons are the ones I gave and have given many times.