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What purpose does downvoting questions serve?

Why bother, and what's the point, behind downvoting questions posted by new users who won't see any negative rep repercussions?

Being on only 1 rep, they stand to lose no rep at all from being downvoted.

Shouldn't we just vote to close instead?

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    Did I miss the "today is make everything community wiki day" memo?
    – Ether
    Nov 21, 2009 at 0:36

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There's more purpose to downvoting than simply affecting the reputation of the user -- otherwise why bother voting on community wiki questions and answers? It affects the sort order in search results, such as when searching within a tag.

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