I must confess that I know very little of how the scientific process works. But I am getting the feeling that when newspapers die, they should take scientific journals with them. I’ve mentioned before that the process of publishing some selected papers in journals seems antiquated, inefficient and ineffective to someone who grew up in the information age. Of course any new system would have to make sure not to trade accuracy and rationality for popularity (which could favor opinions and crackpot theories), but I’m sure it can be done.
At least it should make sure that something like this couldn’t happen.