I came across this sentence on Tatoeba:

New blankets were distributed to the poor.

My question is, why doesn't this mean "distributed by the poor"? Why doesn't に here specify the agent with the passive verb 配られる?

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    I'm confused by folks are downvoting this question. This seems like a perfectly legit question. Why do folks not like it?
    – A.Ellett
    Commented Oct 29, 2021 at 20:51
  • @A.Ellett Don't votes to close the question automatically give it a downvote?
    – istrasci
    Commented Oct 29, 2021 at 20:52
  • @istrasci They do? I've never noticed that before. If they do, that doesn't make much sense to me. I've looked at several others that have been closed. Some that were closed do have downvotes, but not all of them.
    – A.Ellett
    Commented Oct 29, 2021 at 20:53
  • It was downvoted for a while before anyone commented here.
    – flowsnake
    Commented Oct 29, 2021 at 21:03
  • I don't understand the downvotes either, but I find the upvotes equally puzzling. Votes are not a tool to balance out or cancel out other votes that you don't agree with. I haven't voted on this question and probably will just withhold my vote.
    – Eddie Kal
    Commented Oct 29, 2021 at 21:20


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