Yes for people like yourself that like working with many paths, there are other things that would be useful
• The ability to group Paths into sets for organization. At the moment it's a crazy thing trying to leaf though someone's file that has set everything up in the Paths panel.
• The ability to color code paths and channels in the palette - in the same way you can with layers
You know that you can simply set an Action F key to dupe a path quickly don't you?
Yes, grouping paths into sets would be very useful, I currently insert blank paths in the pallette named "---------------" to show breaks. It's quite annoying.
Good call on setting an action, I'd not thought of that. Might help speed things up a little.
Yes, you can of course organize your paths in the Layers Panel instead, attached to blank layers, this allows grouping. Of course Option dragging to duplicate them is also available with this method.