When rumor dispelling sites are opened in this fandom, there is always a “now that you know the ‘truth’, please don’t support X” agenda.
Let’s say the sites don’t have such a motive. They’re just trying to spread the wealth of information to the best of their ability. Information of any kind, even inaccurate information is in a sense valuable to all fans. The reality is, anything ever posted is as good as the truth. That is until there is dispute, discrepancy is discussed, and corrections are re-posted. But the damage has already been done, that twinkle of truth has already gained belief in the minds of fans. The new corrected information then fights for it’s title as the truth. The battles usually ends where the new, more accurate information gains a good amount of fan support. But even then, if the “new” truth doesn’t fit a fan’s bias, its value can be diminished–despite that fan accepting it as the truth.
With that said, rumor dispelling sites present information to enlighten fans. But who are these sites really targeting? Let’s use the example that it’s a site that wants to clear up rumors about Homin. The traffic of fans going there are firstly going to be fans of Homin, who then might pass on the site to others and it’ll reach the fandom as a whole. The site may have wanted to reach anti-fans and prove to them the actual truth. However, the site manages to mostly preach to the choir. After visiting the site both sides believe even more that they are right: the Homin fans see evidence even clearer now and the non-homin fans see how false the evidence is, even more spurred by anger at such a site for existing. Both sides walk away, nothing has changed them and perhaps they are standing even further apart than they were before.
These sites may not reach their target audience (anti-fans) but they do revitalize fervor for the side they do support. The revitalization results with comments from fans stating how thankful they are for the evidence that reaffirms their beliefs. But here is where comments from fans interfere (or perhaps even fulfill) what the site had intended.
Let’s use a JYJ site as the example this time. Some fans will feel the need to use the information at the site as justification for why they can’t support Homin—instead of justification for why they support JYJ. The tragic reasoning here will lead to comments about how they don’t understand why other fans still support Homin. In return, Homin fans will barely be able to absorb what they read at the site. They’ll instead focus on defending Homin and defending why they support Homin. More discussion ensues, spiraling away from whatever rumor or proof was presented in the first place. The extreme JYJ fans will read the defensive comments as deliberate ignorance of information that obviously make supporting JYJ the right thing to do. The fans supporting Homin will read comments as aggressive sabotaging of Homin and their fans. All sides no longer even discussing the information but instead getting at the deeper rift of fandom as a whole.
Perhaps that was the point of the site all along. Or perhaps the site really did want to just share objective information for the fans to decide themselves. However, the latter is near impossible when the site is purely dedicated to one side. Being dedicated to only one side doesn’t mean information posted necessarily bashes the other side but the site doesn’t need to do that, fan comments will do it.
I wonder if we can ever go back to a fandom where fans aren’t preoccupied with dissuading other fans.