I am uncomfortable with the use of inputs as the plural noun of the previously non-countable input. Is this a recent computer-related development (as used in many posts on this site) which has spilled into wider use, or is there a subtle demarcation of use happening? I am thinking especially about situations where input equates with a contribution or feedback.
For example, I've seen sentences like: 'The organisation responded to the customers' inputs', and it feels completely wrong. For me this type should always be input whether plural or not.
As an aside I am very comfortable with inputs as the plural of the sockets into which plugs can be put, but again this is a very different meaning.
What is the state of play?