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Official vs. Fraud or Fan Sites Primer
« on: May 13, 2006, 08:22:32 AM »
Yes, this webmaze can be confusing!  With so many websites out there, how do we tell which ones are real, and which ones are made up by folks like you and me, not meant to be something creatively linked to the people who produce LOST?

There are tons of sites out there, some are official sites (not that many), some are fan sites that clearly state it, and some are intentionally put up to mislead other fans (it's sort of the same joy people get out of hacking, that they are able to fool people).  These sites are of various degrees of sophistication of design.  After all, anyone with $5 (fee for domain registration) and some very basic knowledge of HTML (my cousin is 12 and has this :)) can make a nice-looking website to draw people in, and possibly give them misinformation to lead them away from the real trail.

It's no big deal for now, we can just take things with a grain of salt until we have confirmation.  There are also ways of finding out registration info for these sites, which gives us a clue to their validity.  Feel free to post "suspect" sites in the Unofficial Websites Forum, and we can try to sort through them, until then (if it turns out they are endorsed later, we'll move them).  This stickied thread will be updated as new sites come up.

The general rule of thumb is to take everything with a grain of salt until officially endorsed through:
1)  Press release by LOST TPTB/writers/producers, ABC or ABC affiliate
2)  Press release or ad sponsored by fake character already introduced in webmaze through national or international public media such as national TV ad, newspaper, etc.
3)  Link within already endorsed official site, such as thehansofoundation.org

NEVER pay for entry/membership into a website claiming to be part of TLE, as these are likely scams.



OFFICIAL SITES THAT ARE A PART OF THE LOST EXPERIENCE
http://www.thehansofoundation.org
http://persephone.thehansofoundation.org
http://www.sublymonal.com
http://www.garytroup.net/home.php
http://www.hyperionbooks.com/titlepage.asp?ISBN=1401302769
http://www.djdan.am
http://www.letyourcompassguideyou.com
http://www.hansocareers.com
http://www.retrieversoftruth.com
http://www.jeep.com
http://www.richerdeeperbroader.com
http://www.rachelblake.com
http://www.myspace.com/mandrakewig
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mandrakewig
http://www.valenzettiequation.com
(Characters from ROT site on AIM - DSLerator, iobiSeeingYou, BroadBandBeatnik are also confirmed in game)

OFFICIAL "PUPPET" BLOGS THAT ARE SPONSORED BY ABC FOR THE LOST EXPERIENCE
http://www.insidetheexperience.com/
http://au.blogs.yahoo.com/lostninja/
http://www.channel4.com/entertainment/tv/microsites/L/lost/blog/index.jsp

OFFICIAL SITES THAT ARE NOT A PART OF THE LOST EXPERIENCE
http://www.oceanic-air.com
http://www.oceanicflight815.com
http://abc.go.com/primetime/lost/diary.html

ALL FRAUD and/or FAN SITES THAT ARE NOT A PART OF THE LOST EXPERIENCE

Widmore
http://www.widmore.com
http://www.widmorelaboratories.com
http://www.widmoregroup.com
http://thewidmoregroup.com
http://widmorelabs.net

Paik
http://www.paik-heavy.com
http://www.paikheavyindustry.com/

Valenzetti
http://www.valenzettifoundation.org/
http://www.methusalabs.com

Dharma
http://www.dharmainitiative.com
http://www.thedharmainitiative.info
http://thedharmainitiative.org
http://www.dharmaindustries.com
http://www.kraftkost.se/
http://www.dharmainitiative.info/
http://www.dharmainitiative.net

Hanso Foundation
http://www.hansofoundation.net
http://www.hansofoundation.info
http://emri.perception.net/
http://www.hansoadoptions.com

Other
http://www.oceanicairlines.com
http://www.minnesotametallurgy.com
http://www.theislandiswaiting.com/
http://www.driveshaftband.com/
http://www.geronimo-jackson.com/
http://www.mrclucks.com/
http://megalottojackpot.com/
http://www.marvincandle.com/
http://www.bigspaceship1.com/
http://www.smartdust.com/
http://www.catoms.com/
http://www.stsebastianhospital.org/
http://www.retrieveroftruth.com/
http://www.retreiversoftruth.com/
http://www.alliedcopenhagenmarinemerchants.com
http://www.flowersoflifeenterprises.com/
http://dickcheever.blogspot.com
http://rachelblake0.blogspot.com/
http://www.myspace.com/persephoneneverdies



Special thanks to Truffula, Kathaclysm & other members of http://www.losttv-forum.com/forum/ (Webmaze forums) and David from http://thelostexperienceclues.blogspot.com for helping to compile this list, through months of diligent monitoring and background research of individual sites.
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