Anyone who's spent much time on Meta has seen them: the frustrated rants from inexperienced users yelling about how The High-Rep Cabal closed their question out of Sheer Soup-Nazi Spite or Malign And Calculated Self-Interest, and how horrible we all are for allowing such a Heinous Evil to go unchecked. (Here's the most recent one.)
But… why? Getting upset about downvotes I totally get: someone took time to dislike something I wrote that left me vulnerable when I asked for help with it. But with duplicates, it seems more like "Oh, yeah, that sounds familiar, try over here." This impression should be strengthened by the wording chosen for the banners. Why doesn't that seem to soften the blow?
I have a couple of hypotheses, but I'm not terribly confident of any of them:
Injured pride at being judged inadequate at searching
This seems plausible enough. The implied "you could have found this yourself if you'd tried harder" might sting, and might sting some personalities more than others.
Frustrated sloth at being denied a custom answer to this question with all the quirks of variable names, problem roomies, and arcane rulesets handled by the answerer rather than by adapting an existing answer
I can easily imagine this annoying someone. Not sure it would produce the insulted rage, however.
Can anyone weigh in with more authority, either from analysis of Their Own Dark Heart upon getting a question closed, or from general knowledge of human nature?