For the last few days I've been involved with SU's image cleanup project. As part of this, I've come across many questions where the linked images are unavailable due to inevitable link rot. My usual response to this has been to remove the links and clean up the question to make it clear what's being asked.
However, this question here is giving me pause for thought. The question is highly dependent on the two linked images, which are both currently unavailable. In this case, removing those links entirely would leave behind a question that won't make sense to anyone coming across it in the future and won't be useful to them.
In contrast, leaving the links there keeps the context of the original question and leaves open the (admittedly unlikely) possibility that a dead link will be resurrected again some day and make the question wholly useful again.
Personally, I'm leaning towards the latter, just because, although it might look unseemly, from a UX perspective users typically understand what a dead link is and can act accordingly, whereas removing all traces of links or images in such an image-dependent question would likely be a little jarring.
What should I do in this situation?
I'm asking here beforehand because I don't want to follow my gut and then have it overridden anyway by those approving my edits.