I explain to newcomers who have their first question closed that this means it's protected against downvotes, but I just downvoted a closed question and the asker did lose 2 rep. What are the consequences of closing exactly?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Most people will not downvote a close question or open it. On that note, here are full details. Most poor questions illicit time consuming and missing the original posters point answers. By closing we stop that activity until the question is clear. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 14 '11 at 9:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk - Would protection against downvotes be a good idea? As a sign to the asker that closing is not just something negative, so that he may be more motivated to mend it. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 14 '11 at 9:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ this is something that Stackoverflow has dealt with alot and probably has a good stance again. They now have it so a close vote automatically gives a downvote. It is in some way a negative. You have not met our quality guidlines, please fix it. But it can be a positive experience. Remember, our goal is a great database of knowledge, writing a great question means that an answer is not that, just one answer. It means it can answer many questions for people for a long time. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 14 '11 at 9:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ Again, please feel free to just come to chat and we can discuss more minor things quite easily and when you come to a feature request or such then you can post in meta. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 14 '11 at 9:54

Closing a question doesn't prevent it getting downvotes. If it is a bad question, downvotes are a good thing to help focus on useful questions.

If they edit it, it is possible for people to undo their votes. Only "locked" questions prevent votes, but that is a different use-case.

I think the thing you are getting confused over here is that downvoting a question doesn't impact you, the downvoter.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ and the fact that in the past I have said I am closing to protect it from downvotes and rude comments. When I close people generally leave it alone. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 14 '11 at 13:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk that is certainly true - but that is at the psychological/social-engineering level, not at the systems level \$\endgroup\$ – Marc Gravell Jul 14 '11 at 13:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ I was just accepting fault. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 14 '11 at 13:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ it also stops them from being on the main page pretty quickly, correct? That way you do not see many off-topic links and such \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 14 '11 at 16:00

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