A new (and flawed) study reveals that reputation matters. In fact, it’s core to scientific expression.
While the study may not be definitive, the ability to have a conversation on it helps tremendously. Research usually does not progress in a straight, ascending line. It switches back and forth, sometimes having to retrace its steps in order to find the right path.
Being able to discuss the results of a paper, what it did right and what it did wrong, is not something that usually has occurred in public. Now it can. I expect there to be more and more such discussions as time goes on.