So here a certain user has downvoted all the answers because he "can't believe" we didn't tag it as a duplicate instead. (In case you're wondering if I'm just speculating about the downvotes' origin, rest assured that the user drew the answerers' attention to the fact he had downvoted them for this reason in a comment to the OP.)
Naturally, there is no way to expect anyone to be familiar with all questions that have been asked. And even if they have been seen before, they might not be recalled, or might be hard to locate.
I just think this policy is not a good use of downvotes. It does not have anything to do with the content of the answer.
Are there counterarguments?
To clarify, this is just about indiscriminate downvoting purely because the question happens to be a duplicate.