For me, the big pain with the topic system is that there is no way to identify currently existing topics when creating a conversation without dreaming up topics and starting to type the first few letters to see whether the topic already exists or not.
For example, I wanted to start a conversation on the topic of assumed homogenization. Two people that hold similar policies views may have completely different motivations and paradigms which have led them to the support of that policy. Those who oppose this policy have a tendency to assume that all who support the policy have identical motivations and paradigms. This leads to a break down in the ability to communicate.
Sometimes people with identical paradigms concerning a specific topic have completely different policy desires. Bryan A. Garner is an originalist but he is not a "conservative." He was in agreement with Antonin Scalia regarding how to interpret law but his policy desires did not always correspond with Scalia's.
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Now my problem is if I attempt to initiate a conversation that addresses a current policy issue with the agenda of discussing how I am opposed on a fundamental level with many of those who support this specific policy issue even though on this one topic we are partially in agreement, how do I locate the currently existing topics which would channel this conversation to those Cake users who might be interested in discussing the problem of assumed homogenization.
By the way, this problem is not limited to the political realm. People who are not Jewish tend to lump Orthodox, Karaites, Reform Jews, etc together and treat them as all being the same. People who do not believe in Jesus tend to lump Roman Catholics, JWs, Mormons, Protestants, Orthodox Catholics, Coptics, etc. into one homogenized group. People who are not Isalmists tend to lump Khawarij, Ahmadiyya, Sufis, Shias, Sunnis, Quranists, etc into one homogenized group.
Anytime people engage in assumed homogenization they tend to quit listening for the purpose of understanding.