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    • I do think that Cake at the moment is a bit of an echo chamber.

      I think there are two factors which contribute to this.

      1. Certain subjects have a higher interest population on Cake. Sort of like going to a place where Sports fanatics hang out and trying to bring up subjects in which sports fans are not interested. In this case, it is a lack of interest in some subjects rather than any opposition to a specific viewpoint.

      2, When an overwhelming majority in any environment holds one position it tends to squelch open discussion. There aren't a lot of vocal Republicans in Hollywood as one example. There are some viewpoints which are held by so many Cake participants that this may intimidate those who are not by nature argumentative.

    • I agree with your comments. The population on Cake is still too small for more diversity of opinion. I would add that the average Cake contributor is of higher intelligence, more highly educated, and more knowledgeable about science and technology than the average population. That's one of the reasons I enjoy Cake. If there was more diversity though that wouldn't mean that it would stop the same types of conversations that aren't already happening.

    • I'm not sure that I would say that diversity of convictions does not already exist on Cake, it is rather that many people, sadly, find courage in numbers. Very few are willing to stand alone in an onslaught of opposition.

    • I guess they'd have to speak up to see if others come to their aid or support their arguments. I have found users on Cake to be quite openminded but then I'm living in my bubble.