Official vs. Fraud or Fan Sites Primer for The Lost Experience

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 can make a nice-looking website to draw people in, and possibly give them misinformation to lead them away from the real trail.

Generally, in-game sites will be linked from another source which is already known to be “in-game”, or seen on national/international media like a major newspaper or broadcast ABC ad. 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.sublymonal.com
http://www.hansocareers.com
http://www.retrieversoftruth.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)
(also included here are official sponsor sites, such as http://www.jeep.com and http://www.richerdeeperbroader.com)

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

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://www.hansoadoptions.org
http://emri.perception.net/

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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4 Responses to Official vs. Fraud or Fan Sites Primer for The Lost Experience

  1. Steve says:

    Very nice, very exhaustive list!

  2. Dinu. says:

    Some others that are questionable but have been linked by active commenters to Rachel Blake’s posts (are said commenters “in-game”?):

    http://findvalenzetti.blogspot.com
    http://defendinghanso.blogspot.com

    Any word on whether these are real or more fakes? They look somewhat interconnected, so either they’re both real, or just the product of the same group of fans. I leave that up to those more qualified than I to judge.

  3. Cecilia says:

    Thanks Dinu!

    No, these commenters are not in-game, but the first one clearly states it in his blog, I actually know vexing from another forum, so there will be no mistaking it. I am only listing sites for now that try to fool people into thinking they are in game or take on the in game format, not fan blogs (such as our own) which follow the game for other fans. The second one appears to be an empty blog, but I think I\’ve come across it in the past, and was more of a tongue-in-cheek \”fun\” blog not meant to be mistaken as part of the game.

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