The question nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing (closed) is continuing to be downvoted even though it's (rightfully) closed, and is going to stay closed (and hopefully will be deleted soon). Is this appropriate behaviour?
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I think it is appropriate to flag as spam.
Now, it got deleted as spam, because 6 flags were reached (a downvote, total score -7).
I'd say it's a big mistake to change the post to
IIRC, whenever the user got a spam/offensive flag, community user put one downvote for 2 days. If there are 6 spam/offensive flags reached within 2 days, those downvotes become permanent, and extra -100 substracted.
Once a question is solidly off the front page (-5 is plenty), I personally don't see the point of continuing to downvote, although that's never stopped people before. I think at that point, the poster more than likely gets the hint that what was posted was definitely not appropriate.
The exception would be when the question could be considered spam or offensive, in which case the flagging system should be used instead.
I'll occasionally downvote such questions if I feel the question proves the author deserves less rep. I will even downvote just before posting the final vote to delete, assuming that I missed the opportunity to downvote earlier.