Regularly, it wouldn't be a bad thing if people started asking question based on the reporting about current affairs. For example, if there is a famous murder trial and people want to know how chain of custody of evidence is preserved, this may be on topic.
But we are getting a lot of question which
- assert presumption of guilt of the people involved
- ask about rules of impeachment, which are not established and which are currently not required to follow precedent
- ask questions about rules which are not established law and which are controversial, including question on which the courts have never opined or gave any guidance
... and probably many others which are simply not currently answerable.
This slew of questions seems to be driven by a lot of hyperbole and grandstanding. Some have come from troll accounts, but some have come from regular users of other SE sites.
What are the best practices for guarding against a burst of such activity? Because the moderators are volunteers, we can't expect the moderators to increase their level of involvement just because there is an increased need for moderation. Is it ever justified to treat certain topics with an increased curtness?