is undefined, has zero followers, and currently has 59 questions. These include the following uses of the term:

  • command in various software
  • parameter or setting in various commands
  • data file input action
  • install software
  • initiate software instance
  • boot process
  • computer resource usage or demand of various and sundry kinds
  • electrical resistance or power consumption
  • network traffic
  • testing under specific resource utilization
  • specific parameter in various reports
  • unnecessary decoration

Possibly others; I stopped looking. With this many meanings (and no followers), the tag isn't really serving a proper tag function as-is. However, it sort of imparts a useful context, and some specific load-related meaning is central to the question in most cases. So I suspect it would be better to replace it with more specific tags than to just delete it. That may mean some new tags, or other existing tags.

I've done a little cleanup and may do a few more, but most of these questions would be better handled by people with more familiarity with the subject matter. We can whittle this down if people will take a quick look at the questions and improve the tags for questions they're familiar with (or delete the tag if you know it isn't important to that question).

Update: The deed is done. Everyone, thanks.

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    The question should have been written as un[load] :) Commented Aug 25, 2019 at 2:55

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From a quick glance over the remaining 20 questions with that tag, it looks like all or nearly all of them are using "load" to mean "CPU load."

I propose that they be re-tagged to "cpu-usage" or "high-cpu-usage".

Then possibly the tag "load" should be blacklisted. Or make it auto-suggest "cpu-usage" when someone types in load.

  • Thanks. cpu-usage might get misused because it could cover a lot of different kinds of things. high-cpu-usage might be too restrictive, because some questions are about comparing different levels. But what about cpu-load, as in your first sentence? That seems to cover it and properly limits the definition. It also contains "load", which would automatically suggest the tag, as you mentioned?
    – fixer1234
    Commented Aug 19, 2019 at 20:15
  • @fixer1234, that was my first thought but I checked and there is no "cpu-load" tag right now. Possibly "cpu-load" should be aliased to "cpu-usage" but I don't want to get too radical with my suggestions; I'm not as active on Superuser as Unix&Linux.
    – Wildcard
    Commented Aug 19, 2019 at 20:58
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    What the heck, let's get radical and live life on the edge. I can create a new tag. :-) I'll give it a little time for feedback to see if anyone thinks it's a bad tag or has a better suggestion, but I think your initial thought was a winner.
    – fixer1234
    Commented Aug 19, 2019 at 21:20

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