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This article is an essay by a Lostpedia administrator. It is not official Lostpedia policy. Rather, it is one sysop's interpretation of the policy, and their recommendation for proper use of the encyclopedia and an explanation for one administrator's edits.

It's Thursday. An intriguing and mindblowing new episode aired last night. Having slept on your post-episode theories and ready to post them on Lostpedia, you come to the episode's theory page to find incoherent madness, much of it against the theory policy. This guide hopes to instruct users on how to add your theory properly, and how to clean up a theory page. At the time of writing the latest episode was "This Place Is Death", so that episode's theory page will be used to provide examples. As I fix more and more theories, I will update this page. If your theory/contribution appears on this page, do not take it as offense, but rather constructive criticism. You're probably not the only one who does whatever I'm correcting. Ask any questions on this article's talk page.


Original example:

  • Ben obviously didn't know that Daniel Faraday's mom was Eloise. Since Ben probably knows Eloise was an other then I believe this kind of leans toward the direction that Eloise was hiding this from Ben, probably because Daniel's father was Widmore.
    • Hang on...does Ben actually know Daniel? I wasn't aware they'd met. I might be wrong. As others have said, I think it's kind of obvious that Ms. Hawking is Daniel's mum, especially considering the fact we almost got her name (meaning it's relevant, possibly meaning we'd recognise it. The directors want us to piece it together) and we know Daniel named his rat Eloise. I'm not entirely sure about the theory that Widmore is his dad, but then how would he have known 'Daniel Faraday's mother's' address? He must know her, so I guess it's plausible. As for Ben's reaction, I think he's possibly starting to think that things were going all too well. Sun turning up, then Desmond, willing to know? I think he was either quite delighted or just thinking he had overlooked Desmond.
      • To answer your first question: Michael gave Ben a list of the crew of the Kahana which means that Ben probably has a lot of knowledge about Daniel and his background. That doesn`t mean of course that he knows that Eloise Hawking is his mother but it`s not like he has no clue what Desmond is talking about.

Preferred method:

  • Ben obviously didn't know that Daniel Faraday's mom was Eloise. Since Ben probably knew Eloise was an Other this leans towards the direction that Eloise was hiding this from Ben, perhaps because Daniel's father was Widmore (Further evidence for this was Widmore knowing her address). As others have said, it is obvious that Ms. Hawking is Daniel's mum, especially considering the fact we almost got her name (meaning it's relevant, possibly meaning we'd recognise it. The directors want us to piece it together.) and we know Daniel named his rat Eloise. Alternatively, Ben was reacting to the appearance of Desmond, not what he said, as he was pleased to see him there.

Changes made:

  1. Removed "I think" statements.
  2. Removed/reworded questions.
  3. If there is solid counter-counter-evidence, then remove both the counter-evidence and the counter-counter-evidence.
  4. Removed theories unrelated to the current point of discussion.
  5. Instead of three points, turned it into one point, almost as if written by one editor.
  6. Corrected grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Original example:

  • When Locke fixed the wheel the time stopped around the start of the Dharma initiative (maybe during or slightly before). Faraday will then infiltrate the Orchid at some point (and talk to Chang and Charlotte). It may be that Daniel completely loses his grip on reality and respect for "the rules" after Charlotte died. He looked pretty distraught and we know he was screwed up in Essex. These are indicators that maybe Daniel is about to "go Rogue." In this respect perhaps Daniel is responsible for the final shift (wheel turn) that will bring the island back to 2007/8 and that is why he was in the Orchid in "Because You Left." If not it appears he is at least about to go crazy (listen to Comic Con video- the spazy-ness in his voice while he carelessly throws around info about the future to Chang! Doesn't sound like a responsible physicist obeying the rules of time does it?

There is only going to be a short amount of time when the Island is going to be in 2008. This is when the O6+ need to get to the island. This is why Ms. Hawking gave Ben such a specific time table. If not all of them can make it back in this up-coming window, the rest will have to wait until the next window (maybe months later).

  • Yes maybe when the island "moves" in time it also moves to a random point on earth. Mrs. Hawking can somehow calculate and predict where the island will be in the next 70 hours. As you can see on that weird machine there are a lot of other spots already marked from past predictions which have already occurred. She basically got lucky and managed to somehow find the next future window. It may be in another time, not in 2008 but that is what makes the island special. Since Locke managed to stop the island from skipping in time and 3D space, it is basically now stationary and Hawking can finally get a trace on where it is for the time being.
    • The other rule presumably is that the off island people can only move to a present time. They are not time travelling. So they can go to where the island is going to be now, but they have to wait to intersect it at a future location.

Preferred method:

  • When Locke fixed the wheel the time stopped around the start of the DHARMA Initiative (maybe during or slightly before). Faraday will then infiltrate the Orchid at some point (and talk to Chang and Charlotte). It may be that Daniel completely loses his grip on reality and respect for "the rules" after Charlotte died. He looked pretty distraught and we know he was strange in Essex. These are indicators that maybe Daniel is about to "go rogue". In this respect perhaps Daniel is responsible for the final shift (a wheel turn) that will bring the island back to 2007/8 and that is why he was in the Orchid in "Because You Left". If not it appears he is at least about to go crazy, such as in the Dharma booth video (if he is the cameraman).
  • There is only going to be a short amount of time when the Island has to be in 2008. This is when the O6 need to get to there. This is why Ms. Hawking gave Ben such a specific time table. If not all of them can make it back in this up-coming window, the rest will have to wait until the next window (maybe months later). Perhaps, when the island "moves" in time it also moves to a random point on earth. Mrs. Hawking can somehow calculate and predict where the island will be. As you can see on the machine there are a lot of other spots already marked from past predictions, which have already occurred. She basically got lucky and managed to somehow find the next future window. It may be in another time, not in 2008 but that is what makes the island special. Since Locke managed to stop the island from skipping in time and space, it is basically now stationary and Hawking can finally get a trace on where it is for the time being. The other rule presumably is that the off island people can only move to a present time. They are not time travelling. So they can go to where the island is going to be now, but they have to wait to intersect it at a future location.

Changes made:

  1. Avoided using unnecessary slang and jargon.
  2. Used appropriate wiki syntax, eg Template:Ep.
  3. Removed statements that were illogical/not explained.
  4. Split into two seperate, distinct theories.

Original example:

  • His "death" in Australia was to provide a means to ferry his body back to the Island, via Oceanic 815. Perhaps the same holds true for Locke, who we assume will be "reincarnated" upon his body's return to the Island. Until now, Christian Shepherd has been an occult character, ostensibly human but having mystical qualities. It seems obvious that Locke will return and continue to be a driving character, but to what extent? What form will his being be manifested as? I think he will return as an entirely difference character than we have known thus far.
  • Is it possible Christian IS Jacob?
    • The way Christian spoke to Locke made me think he is Jacob. He told Locke, "You came to see me in the Cabin" or something like that. Locke was going to see Jacob. He doesn't even know who Christian Shepherd is. But I know that Christian was in Jacob's cabin, sitting in the rocking chair, and Jacob popped his head into the window and surprised Hurley in "The Beginning of the End." Still, the writers wrote that line for Christian to say. I'm probably just looking too much into it.
    • He has met Christian Shepherd. Christian and Claire were in the cabin when Locke went to see Jacob.
      • Ben finds a lantern and lights it when he goes down to the donkey wheel. There's no reason to believe the one Christian lights is a different one. And Christian expressly denied being Jacob when Locke asked ("Cabin Fever": Locke: Are you Jacob? Christian: No. But I can speak on his behalf.). Granted, he disparages relying on Ben's word, so it's possible he represents a different "faction" with a different agenda and would therefore lie. But it doesn't seem very likely -- lying about being Jacob would be more likely to gain Locke's compliance than lying about not being Jacob.
        • Just because Jacob and Ben communicated does not mean Jacob likes Ben. The only words Locke ever heard Jacob speak were "Help Me." I think that experience versus the later experiences in which Christian was in the cabin, point to two separate people. And also, just because Christian states that believing Ben has never gotten Locke anywhere, this does not mean his take on things necessarily differ from Jacob's.

Preferred method:

  • His "death" in Australia was to provide a means to ferry his body back to the Island, via Oceanic 815. Perhaps the same holds true for Locke, who we assume will be "reincarnated" upon his body's return to the Island. Until now, Christian Shepherd has been an occult character, ostensibly human but having mystical qualities. It seems obvious that Locke will return and continue to be a driving character, but it is unclear to what extent. He will return as an entirely differenct character than we have known thus far. Perhaps Christian IS Jacob. The way Christian spoke to Locke suggested this. He told Locke, "You came to see me in the Cabin". Locke was going to see Jacob. But, Christian was in Jacob's cabin, sitting in the rocking chair, and Jacob popped his head into the window and surprised Hurley in "The Beginning of the End". Still, the writers wrote that line for Christian to say. Christian expressly denied being Jacob when Locke asked ("Cabin Fever": Locke: Are you Jacob? Christian: No. But I can speak on his behalf.). He disparages relying on Ben's word, so it's possible he represents a different "faction" with a different agenda and would therefore lie. However, lying about being Jacob would be more likely to gain Locke's compliance than lying about not being Jacob. Just because Jacob and Ben communicated does not mean Jacob likes Ben. The only words Locke ever heard Jacob speak were "Help me". That experience versus the later experiences in which Christian was in the cabin, point to two separate people. Also, just because Christian states that believing Ben has never gotten Locke anywhere, this does not mean his take on things necessarily differs from Jacob's.

Changes made:

  1. Reworded questions to make theories.
  2. Reworded discussion to make theories.
  3. Made into one point.
  4. Used proper wiki syntax.
  5. Removed proof that theory was wrong, and the theory it disproved. Proofs should be discussed on the relevant talk page. If you see something that is definitely wrong, just remove it.
  6. Removed general discussion.

Original example:

  • I believe that Charlotte is the child of Annie and someone that the Dharma Initiative deemed necessary to further their cause. She is not Ben's child. But because Annie was impregnated by someone else, Ben decided to set the Purge in motion. I assume that is Annie working with Ben from the butcher shop.Packmule 02:04, 14 February 2009 (UTC)packmule

Preferred method:

  • Charlotte is the child of Annie and someone that the DHARMA Initiative deemed necessary to further their cause. She is not Ben's child. But because Annie was impregnated by someone else, Ben decided to set the Purge in motion.

Changes made:

  1. Removed "I think" type statements.
  2. Removed signature, theories should not be signed.
  3. Removed unexplained/illogical statement.

Original example:

  • I possibly remember from the season 1 DVD extras that it's the noise of a New York taxicab meter. --Emissary23 06:41, 12 February 2009 (UTC)
    • Yes, I remember from one random podcast once that the producers confirmed that it was the sound of a taxicab, and were amazed that any of the fans actually put the two together. Sorry guys, can't remember which one!
      • That seems to fit with their overall sound design: grocery store scanner beeping for the 108 clock, atmospheric music performed on airplane wreckage, etc. I too noticed a great difference in the monster of this episode from seasons 1-4. Might I also mention, it's been a loooooong time since we've seen the thing, and it was thrilling for me to see it back.
        • It hasn't been that long, the monster just killed a mercenary from the Kahana, late in season 4.

Preferred method

  • The monster's noise is simply a sound effect, a New York taxi cab receipt printer, as said by the producers. It fits with their overall sound design: grocery store scanner beeping for the 108 clock, atmospheric music performed on airplane wreckage, etc. There seemed to be a great difference in the monster of this episode than we've previously seen.

Changes made:

  1. Removed sig.
  2. Removed "I think" statements.
  3. Removed unnecessary discussion.

Of course, there were heaps of examples like this on the theory page, it would take me weeks to correct them all. But that is where you come in on this collaborative wiki!

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