is mostly about background processes, but there are also questions about background colors and background images.

I think we should:


  • Is this really a problem? I couldn't find any background color questions in the last few months. - Maybe it is enough to manually fix those rare cases of misuse.
    – michas
    Apr 13 '15 at 5:33
  • Was the wiki except there previously? Right now it seems very unambiguous to me. You can't completely stop people from not bothering to read/think. The real problem is that there are two tags referring to the same thing. What would help with that is if mods were notified whenever someone created a new tag -- I am sure that would catch most of this kind of thing from the start, saving the much bigger hassle later and all the dysfunctional events in between.
    – goldilocks
    Apr 13 '15 at 15:35
  • @goldilocks The excerpt has only been there for a week (you can check the revision history). In fact, I'd forgotten about it, but reviewing the excerpt suggestion must have been what prompted my meta question. Notifying moderators on each tag creation wouldn't be useful: this isn't something that moderators need to act about. Anyone can monitor newly created tags in the “new” tab of the Tags page, and edit posts that they think are not tagged appropriately. Apr 13 '15 at 15:38
  • Eureka! Thanks Gilles. See, I can't even completely stop my myself from not bothering to read/think. Although as a mod, I'd still appreciate more of an alert, so I don't have to remember yet-another-thing-to-check-on-regularly. I don't think people should be allowed to create tags with no excerpt, either.
    – goldilocks
    Apr 13 '15 at 15:41

There were 129 questions tagged only three of which were not about background processes. Presumably you all have been busy retagging, thanks!

I have now


The word background has many meanings all of which could conceivably apply to U&L. In addition to your list, philosophical, historical and technical backgrounds abound.

Let it burn.

  • Meanings that “conceivably apply” are irrelevant. What matters is meanings that people actually use. If you've found uses of background with meanings other than the ones I mentioned, please cite some examples so we can decide what to do about them. Furthermore why do you want to burn the tag? background-process is a perfectly well-defined notion, why do you want to eliminate it? Apr 6 '15 at 21:41
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    @Gilles I seem to have explained this badly. I intended to argue that there should be no tag called "background". The existing tags "background-process" and "desktop-background" are perfectly clear and acceptable.
    – Anko
    Apr 6 '15 at 21:53

The description of the tag clearly talks about background processes. To avoid confusion probably the clearest solution is to rename the tag to background-process.

  • The description has only been there for a week. It's legitimate, because background is mostly used for background processes; now we need to do some cleanup. Apr 13 '15 at 15:40

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