It has occured to me (with the existence of Linguistics.SE, Writing.SE, Conlang.SE (coming soon?)) that we may be making niche sites now. These almost seem as if they fit such a specific topic that we're drowning the overall collection of sites down.
Compare the three examples as one site to StackOverflow; almost considered a dump site amongst StackExchange. While PowerUser.SE, StackOverflow.SE, Programmers.SE, TeX.SE ... are always crossing over each other, they are still separate sites.
StackOverflow and PowerUser already contains many questions that would be better in Programmers.Se, and it's unfortunately so many that it would be impossible to sort (over 1k questions with Flex (programming language) as a tag for example.)
Does this not mean that between Writing.SE, Conlang.SE (what's it for anyways?), Linguistics.SE, and (wherever law questions go) there will be an extreme amount of overlap as well? Why not solve this .. before it becomes a problem as irreversible as StackOverflow's?
Question: Are we becoming too compartmentalized? (Writers.SE, Conlang.SE, Linguistics.SE as an example.)
Issue: Less traffic for these "niche" sites, and it pulls users off of a site with a broader scope of help that they may be an asset to. A lot of people on SE only help within their own site (as a percentage, I don't know)
Example: While many people ask programming questions in StackOverflow.SE, would it not be the correct place to ask in Programmers.SE instead? Yet when I ask a programming question in Programmers.SE it's as if nobody sees it. Problem with specialization and overlap perhaps?
If there's an SE meta, I guess this should go there.
feature-request : "... a change to the existing functionality. "