OK, so the How to remove Ubuntu and put Windows back on? has collected a close vote (as it showed up in the close vote queue), so someone else feels like me but actually cast a close vote.

I have mixed feelings about this: Yes, it is off-topic, but it is also highly up-voted, serves a purpose (Linux is not for everyone yet), and has a few excellent answers.

Me, personally, would rather close all "I want Windows back" questions then cast a duplicate vote to this one, but I also don't want to be a jerk and cast an additional close vote...

Oli? FossFreedom? Seth? Mitch?

Any balanced answer?

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    The community decided it is not off-topic (it is related to Ubuntu) so it isn't off-topic. Simple as that. Do we really want to go over this again?
    – Seth
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 0:48

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We've just been over this. Popular decision: It isn't off-topic. Taken from my answer on this:

I don't believe that question is a good example of a question that isn't about Ubuntu. Ubuntu is currently installed, the longhand way of reading the question could be: What do I need to do to Ubuntu to get rid of Ubuntu and prepare for the reinstallation of Windows?

And that might very logically have plenty of Ubuntu-related things in its answer. You might need to unmount the firewire matrix from /proc/, or defragment the boot partition, or patch the 802.11 antenna array for parity switching. The person asking doesn't know. That's why they're asking. In short, that the answer doesn't neccessarily need to be Ubuntu related, doesn't mean the question isn't on-topic, even if only tangentially.

Yes, there are also popularity, "what makes us better" and dupe-target arguments that I might weigh for a more contentious topic, but I feel this question is entirely within our scope.

You clearly don't. And that's okay too.

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    I'm getting old: I don't even remember posting that! Thanks for your patience...
    – Fabby
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 22:45
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    Happens to the best of us ;)
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 23:30

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