Many years ago, there were fewer Stack Exchange sites. Right now, Astronomy is in beta and attracts questions like this one about speed-of-light. Sure, I can see why somebody would associate this with astronomy, but it actually is a fundamental physics question. Any physicist can answer it, even I ask a hadron physicist. But I wouldn't go and answer questions on Astronomy, because I am not an astronomer. Similarly we have Ask Ubuntu which attracts lots of questions about generic Linux stuff like Bash programming, which would be better suited for Unix & Linux. I don't answer things on Ask Ubuntu any more because I use Fedora, but I miss the opportunity to answer general Linux questions there.
It seems that the Stack Exchange network has reached a diversification where I find it very hard to figure out where to post a question. Some questions are in scope for multiple sites, and other questions seem be out of scope for either site. I find this increasingly frustrating. Using tags on larger sites would make it easier to find clusters than having to go to multiple sites. Additionally the reputation and privileges are separate on each site, which doesn't seem sensible for closely related sites.
I'm at this point where I spend much less time on any of the Stack Exchange sites because I feel that my questions are more often on the wrong site, and interesting relevant questions are in specialized sites that I don't visit.
Is there something that could be done to alleviate these pains? Are there plans to stop adding new sites at some point?