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    • Thanks for the discussion. I think what I'm hearing is that, if ADVrider didn't already exist and you wanted to create it today, Cake would be the place to do so. Is that vaguely correct? Like a discussion forum, it's focused around conversation, but unlike prior discussion forums, there's ways to create differing types of discussions (like panels--great idea) and of course Cake is not inherently topic-centric.

      I think the tough meta-issue is that newbies stumbling into Cake (like me) have a hard time understanding what's here, who's here, and most importantly should I join and jump in? With topic-centric sites like ADVrider it's more obvious--if you're into adventure riding, that's the place. I'm still trying to figure out if there's an equivalent statement for Cake.

    • I think the tough meta-issue is that newbies stumbling into Cake (like me) have a hard time understanding what's here, who's here, and most importantly should I join and jump in? With topic-centric sites like ADVrider it's more obvious--if you're into adventure riding, that's the place. I'm still trying to figure out if there's an equivalent statement for Cake.

      Hey Josh,

      Sorry it's taken me so long to respond to this. I remember thinking about it and then it got away. It feels very important and we've heard it several times.

      One of the problems we were trying to solve is on a forum when the number of topics gets large, it's hard to add more without a mind-blowing layout because you find them by browsing. Another problem is the cognitive load of asking yourself which subforum or subreddit your thread goes in, because it may span many and do you cross-post?

      We had seen how Twitter and Instagram do it with hashtags, how Medium does it with topics, and we thought solutions like that would scale. You could assign two or more to a conversation, you could find them by searching, we can tell you how many followers each has, you can follow them and maybe get alerts for something happening in them in the future, etc.

      But you're right, it's different and takes some time to figure out, which is bad. Any suggestions to improve it? I wonder, for example, if you are browsing a topic and choose the + button to start a new conversation, whether we should pre-fill the topic you're looking at as a suggestion.