I'm struggling a little bit with this site and I think I'm starting to put my finger on why. Physics is about the nature of reality, there must be (at some level) a way to say something is objectively incorrect. But the way this site works is not really about that, answers are accepted and upvoted because they match what people think (or want to believe) and it's becoming clear that a lot of highly upvoted and accepted answers can't possibly be correct. As a side-effect, the people that answered gain reputation. Whether that means they are an expert or not, it will surely be interpreted as such.
Let me be clear, I do not claim to be an expert in physics. I entered university as a physics major but later decided that it wasn't for me. I learned a lot in those years, mainly about how to evaluate whether something was a plausible explanation using logic. I mainly enjoy learning about physics as a hobby and I have great respect for those who really do it. There are some clear experts here. In fact, the main reason I post anything here is in the hopes that someone will inform me (correctly) that I am wrong. Then I learn something.
But enough about me. The thing that bothers me is that more and more I see really wrong answers being upvoted. I wouldn't really care but it would seem that this could result in this site becoming a source of disinformation. Let's say, for example, that someone creates an answer based on flat-earth nonsense and it were highly upvoted and accepted. Would that be OK? I mean, the nature of the universe is not a popularity contest. "A million Elvis fans can't be wrong" is surely a fallacy and that's especially true when it comes to physics.
This seems to happen a lot with the 'hot network questions'. I get the feeling that the actual experts around here don't want to get involved in those. I can imagine why. I'm not sure it's a good idea for the moderators to start deleting things. So we are left with, frankly, outright nonsense as answers and people who post nonsense getting reputations. This doesn't seem good to me but is that just how it's going to be? I'm trying to decide if I need to get away from this site as this trend is highly distracting. I hate watching an otherwise good resource become part of the larger movement towards the 'post-fact' age.
Is this 'just how it is' or is there a possible solution?