The SE system is probably the best on the internet for connecting questions with those with the expertise to answer them, allowing all of us in the community to learn and share together. I wish it had been around decades earlier, and I use the site almost daily.
But lately, I've noticed a lot of questions that are fairly on topic being attacked by aggressive users who just don't like the question. Unfortunately, searching for closed questions isn't exactly made easy by the SE search system, so I'm a bit limited as far as examples go, but I'll do my best to explain.
On Physics SE for example, ask basically any question in theoretical physics without at least 50 published papers on the subject and you're bound to be quickly swarmed by moderators and users alike who rant that any model of physics that hasn't been definitively proven with experimental evidence is unanswerable and therefore doesn't belong on Physics SE. Which is slightly mental considering that our entire understanding of physics is based on unconfirmed conjecture that seems to fit the experimental evidence. That's the definition of theoretical physics.
The question which inspired this meta was originally asked in Electronics SE. We've all heard of external defibrillators, those things in the hospital that shock your chest to restore normal heart beat. But how do they work, and more specifically, are they only capable of a one-off shock and done, or could a user if he/she wanted to shock someone in a sustained, continuous shock? The question seems simple enough, but within minutes of asking the question I had people arguing that the question is unclear, which is fair enough considering "continuous" can mean something different in the context of electronics, so I edited the question to clarify, and still now-determined users began to pester regarding the purpose and context of the question, which seems rather straightforward.
I mentioned in chat that the question about how defibrillators work was partially inspired by a scene in the show Dexter wherein two people are electrocuted by sustained shocks from a defibrillator. Maybe an hour later, I came back to find my question rephrased into a question about the TV show and migrated here on Movies SE (link preserved with Web Archive to protect against future changes to the question). I explained to a Movies SE user involved in the migration that the question had nothing to do with the TV show, I simply used the show as an example, and he kindly apologized and offered to have it migrated back when another mod could be found.
All the while I was stuck watching my simple, electronics-related question being tinkered and toyed with and eventually moved to an SE site about movies. While I'm sure everyone had their best intentions at heart, it seems our community of information sharing has evolved into a superiority contest where the high-reputation hold the low-reputation at their mercy. It's a lot like politics actually.
In situations like these, is there any recourse for the asker? How do you respond when your question is hijacked by people who just don't like the question?