So, the first question came in and started receiving votes. Then someone had the same question, exact duplicate, and tried asking it. But it was closed and pointed to the older question, who then receive more votes from two different places. Then a third person came in and asked yet again the same question. Now the first question have 3 links to it, and more places to receive votes from.
Sure, people could just vote in the other questions as well, but that doesn't actually happen. In our example the first one is better linked already, and just like we would expect, it did receive the most votes. And it will continue to. And that's what happen in most cases.
What's wrong with that? To me, it makes whoever ask first or answer first gain better reputation and thus the society become more and more "elitelized" (if that's a word). Newcomers won't stand much of a chance to get reputation, there will be less and less space for new questions as they will all be duplicated somehow to older questions. As far as I can tell, that's already happening.
And what's the problem with people not being able to gain reputation as easily as in the beginning, anyway? It's a good thing to have the moderators and people willing to help already when you join in. Maybe there's no problem here, that's why I'm asking. Is there a flaw there? It feels to me there is, but I'm not sure.