I've asked a question for which I feel a zero score to be appropriate, and I have no objections to any of the comments posted about it, but it has content, and has received comments, which I feel may remain useful to others asking similar questions for a long time. A couple of keywords (the surname of a major physicist [Poplawski] and a two-word phrase representing a fairly common concept ["galactic rotation"]) that are in it currently appear at the top of more than 400 results in a google search, so I feel that its preservation may save considerable time for persons who are students or researchers in the future, in a way similar to the way in which the marking of questions as duplicates may save them time. Consequently, I'm wondering how long it would be left accessible on the site after its closure.

  • $\begingroup$ FYI - the pending reopen vote on your question is gone, so it will now be subject to #7 on the list below after nine days. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Jun 24, 2019 at 20:17

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Duplicate questions are never deleted automatically, and rarely (if ever) deleted manually. They stick around to help direct people to the appropriate question. Often duplicates come up because there is more than one way to ask a question.

For non-duplicate closed questions, they are only auto-deleted in certain situations:

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  • $\begingroup$ For clarity, if this is your question, it currently has a pending reopen vote and thus won't be auto-deleted as long as that is the case. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Jun 19, 2019 at 13:42

19 hours ago the system auto-deleted the question. If you hover a cursor over "19 hours ago" (or whatever it says now) you can see the exact time and date in "Zulu" (GMT).

You obviously put quite a lot of thought and effort into formulating this question and composing the post, and I'd hate to see it all go to waste. I'll make some suggestions, though I'm not well-versed on the topic.

This question can be broken into two parts...

I wonder if you can break this down into two (or more) questions, and work the problem step-by-step. First ask a shorter question about the "first part" and wait for answers. It is possible that based on answers to it and discussion in comments, the second part of your question might be better formulated differently.

In Stack Exchange, a "deleted" post is usually not really deleted but just becomes invisible. For a few months you will be able to find it under on own profile page if you list your questions; there may be something called recently deleted questions. After a month or two (I'm not sure exactly) it won't appear there anymore, but you can still find it by coming back to this meta post and clicking Might the discrepancy between mass and rotation rates, in galaxies, be explained by mass within BHs?.

You can still click edit on your question and select and copy bits of text to paste into your new question as part of the editing process, but you should not re-post the same question.

Instead I recommend that you try to shorten it substantially and focus on a small subset of the question, and see how that goes first.

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