I like the idea, at least on paper. Members can propose topics. If enough people use then proposed topics they become regular topics. But it's gone too far. Every post now is 50% or more proposed topics. It's getting in the way. I have a couple of suggestions:
1. Limit questions to no more than 1 of the 5 allowed topics to be a proposed topic.
2. List the proposed topics at the END of the list rather than at the beginning.
3. Create a blacklist of topics. These would be suggested topics that have been rejected. Blacklisted topics cannot be used.
4. Have a time limit on how long a proposed topic can live. If it doesn't have enough popularity after that time, blacklist it.
Anyone else annoyed by the rampant proliferation of these things? Anyone else have ideas on how to improve it?