Possibly related to the whole "Summer of Love": I've been seeing a lot of this lately, but this SO question is an example
Users of high reputation pushing back on a new user without (it appears) actually reading the question. The writing on the question isn't stellar, it probably should have included some code, but it's not bad either. Are these comments something that should be flagged? I don't really find them appropriate, especially towards a newbie.
As it stands, the question itself, taken in isolation from the fact that he is new, should probably be closed. Consider though, if the last line 'How can I do this in Java?' wasn't there and instead was 'how would I go about implementing this algorithm' which may very well have been the intention. I don't think that would have drawn nearly as much negative attention.
Let me be more explicit. The problem above isn't a trivial one for a novice who knows the basic mechanics, but the comments brush it of as if it is.
Seems like finding the largest number in every column and add them.
You have to write code, in Java, using a loop, comparing numbers and adding a result
To me, it looked like these two users took a look at the problem and thought it was a 'find the maximum value' problem, which, upon more careful reading, it's not. These comments are vague enough to be essentially wrong from a technical perspective for the question being asked. Not only is the user not being pointed in the right direction, but he being given information that is at best discouraging and at worst wrong.
* EDIT 2 *
I get the procedural aspect of all this, I really do. I've rewritten the title to better reflect what I'm trying to get at. I'm asking about a case where it's not clear cut to me what should be done (flagging was my example), what would the Emily Post of StackExchange advise, or, as I've stated in the comments is this an issue and if so what's a good way - as a community, not just me flagging things - to address this.