I'll admit that I'm not an overly frequent user of Ask Patents, but as someone who does pop on from time to time, I see quite a few straight-up bad questions.
As I understand it, AP is currently modded by CMs, and that doesn't seem like the best use of their time to me. I'd like to suggest the appointment of one or two pro-tem moderators to help handle the flags and bad posts on here. I can't imagine it could possibly lead to more work by CMs, and maybe it could help clean up the silly questions that can sometimes deter users from the site.
I know there isn't much of a consistent user-base here, but it sounds like there are a couple experienced users from other sites who'd gladly volunteer.
Would it be feasible or acceptable to appoint a few? I know Ask Patents is different in a number of ways, including that it didn't go through Area 51. But I don't see that as a reason to avoid some user-driven moderation.