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Wanted pages

Hi Kevin, is it possible to change the parameters on the wanted pages list so 1 link pages don't show up anymore? I know it used to be a minimum of two links. Also, is it possible to make it only count main articles rather than talk pages? Thanks, --Nickb123 (Talk) 16:53, 12 May 2007 (PDT)

adult language in high-traffic articles


There is an issue with adult language on the site. The term "mindfuck" which used to reside in its own adult-marked article is now being applied as a "literary term" to some of the most heavly trafficed articles on this wiki. Those articles include most of the articles for recent episodes. When I started to notice it tonight, it had spread to 15 articles.

I dont think this issue can be dealt with by the sysops because a number of them are vocal advocates for the use and application of the term in Lostpedia. Those who are not advocates are unlikely to challenge those who are.

I think there needs to be a decision about the direction this site is going to take in terms of adult language on the high-traffic articles. I would suggest at a minimum that adult language warnings have to go on the articles. I'm no prude about language, but going down the path that seems to be starting is likely to really hurt this site.

Thank you for reading Dharmatel4 01:07, 17 May 2007 (PDT)

I think we need a new name instead for mindfuck. Perhaps "mindwarp"? This is the only bad language that appears around here though. --Blueeagleislander 01:29, 17 May 2007 (PDT)

I haven't completely formed an opinion on the term. I do like Jabberwork's suggestion about linking to the article as Mindf*ck. --Admin 17:16, 23 May 2007 (PDT)


High there, I recently uploaded a new high-res version of Image:Normal 77-cap17.jpg and the thumbnails it is linked to are nor all stretched, can anything be done about that? --Jazza|talk|Contributions 15:23, 17 May 2007 (PDT)

unethical behavior by sysop

There was a proposal to delete a controversial article mindfuck. The proposal to delete was made around May 5th. At least two sysops including    Jabberwock    talk    contribs    email   were strongly against the proposal.

As of yesterday, 21 users expressed opinions in favor of deletion agianst 8 opposed. In spite of the overwhelming vote in favor of getting rid of the article, none of the sysops would make a decision to get rid of it.

Today    Jabberwock    talk    contribs    email   moved the discussion without comment into an archive. When pressed on what he had done, he admitted that he personally determined that 21-8 was not a consensus and terminated the proposal. His behiavior is unethical for the following reasons:

1) He had a strong personal stake in the proposal (opposing it). For him to decide to end it is a conflict of interest.

2) He ignored the consensus of the Lostpedia community.

3) Rather than come out and terminate the discussion openly, he attempted to hide the dicussion in an archive and put nothing in that archive to indicate that he had personally decided to reject the proposal.

4) He tells the user community that "it's not a vote and there are no ballots". But if thats true, I would like like to know by what authority a single sysop gets to make a decision against the wishes of the user community. If the sysops as a group have decided something, they should stand up and say what they did.

The bottom line is that a sysop with a very strong view about a proposal should not be making final decisions on their own about that proposal. And if decisions are made, that should be made in the open. Dharmatel4 16:35, 23 May 2007 (PDT)

SysOps are appointed to make decisions on behalf of the community as a whole. The discussion was closed because after a good period for discussion, a consensus on what to do, delete/rename and a suitable name if we were to rename it, wasn't reached. The contents of the article itself is sound, there are no grounds for deletion based upon contents, and no deletion will occur when the content is sound but people disagree with the title. If people find the article's title offensive then that is each person pregogative, however if the content of the article is sound, and the majority of the sysops believe that the removal of an article would be against the best interests of Lostpedia, then deleting an article based on title alone is nothing short of foolhardy. An acceptable replacement title, which summises the genre point being made hasn't been found, and until that point the article does not warrant any major aleration.  Plkrtn  talk  contribs  email  17:03, 23 May 2007 (PDT)

1) If sysops didn't take an opinion in such matters then no maintenance would ever get done. 2) Not true, I did take into account the opinions of of the community when I closed the discussion as "no consensus". The discussion had been open for some time and it was going nowhere. At least six other sysops agreed that it should be kept, but considering there there was a substantial number of editors that favored deletion the outcome was "no consensus". 3) The deletion banner was removed on 5/10 and I only archived the old discussion today since the page was very long and there was another current discussion regarding the renaming of the page. Nothing was hidden. The banner on the top of the page clearly states the results of previous deletion nominations and refers users to previous discussions on the matter. 4) Deletion/Merge/etc has always been done in this manner and the Job List stating it as a "vote" was incorrect. It has been updated. The reason it's not a vote per se is because we carefully examine the opinions of other editors and they are also weighed against the person making the contribution and whether or not they actually give reasons for their recommendation. A user that has recently registered and makes a comment of only "delete" with their signature does not have much bearing into the final decision.    Jabberwock    talk    contribs    email   - 17:16, 23 May 2007 (PDT)

Dharmatel4, I don't believe it was unethical of Jabberwock to come to the conclusion "No Consensus", just because he endorsed it. I have absolutely no doubt that he would have deleted it even if he personally disagreed with it, had there been a clear consensus in his opinion. If you believe that sysops should *never* make a final decision in articles that they comment on, then let's discuss as a potential policy for Lostpedia. Do you believe this has been a problem with other articles? --Admin 17:37, 23 May 2007 (PDT)

Broken Images

Please post any pages that have broken images here and I'll get them fixed up ASAP. Thanks, --Admin 23:22, 25 May 2007 (PDT)

Image issue - I've just tried to upload a new version of an image and it said "Internal error - Jump to: navigation, search

Could not copy file "/tmp/phpyPLjLQ" to "/home/kcroy/sites/!LYCGY.jpg". Retrieved from ""
So I tried to do a different, new filename and the same thing happened --Nickb123 (Talk) 08:08, 26 May 2007 (PDT)

Fixed. Thanks for pointing that out. --Admin 11:00, 26 May 2007 (PDT)

Black Rock (ship): Error -Some Person 15:59, 26 May 2007 (PDT)

I cleared the cache which fixed this one. Also its no big as I removed the image in question anyway as it was a replacement of a much better promotional shot on archive --Nickb123 (Talk) 16:03, 26 May 2007 (PDT)
Yeah, clearing the cache fixed it for me too. -Some Person 16:04, 26 May 2007 (PDT)


Hey is it just me or does forums redirect to the wiki main page? What's up with that? --Nickb123 (Talk) 23:25, 25 May 2007 (PDT)

Hey Nick. It wasn't just you. I broke it a few minutes ago. :( Now working again. --Admin 23:29, 25 May 2007 (PDT)

I haven't been able to get to the English forum for a week. Selecting forum takes you to advertising.Winter of 63 (talk) 01:56, September 6, 2014 (UTC)Winter_of_63

New Theory - Please add to template

I have just created a "Black Hole" theory. I'm not sure under which heading it might go, but it is duly supported by numerous allusions to A Brief History of Time, and it actually fits fairly well. Please add it to the template that includes all fan theories thus far. - NINguy711

Firefox Plugin

  • Just letting you know, the Firefox search plugin doesn't seem to install when you select it from the search dropdown on the site. Gives the error message:
    Firefox could not install the search plugin from:
    -- Paladine<c.t> 21:45, 27 May 2007 (PDT)

I get that too. --Blueeagleislander 01:43, 28 May 2007 (PDT)

The Flame(printable page) problem

Hello, The printable page of "The flame" just prints a blank page with the flame written on it i printed out several other pages and they worked but "the flame" page did not work. Just wanted to let you know. Sorry if this is the wrong place. Lostfan815 22:14, 30 May 2007 (PDT)lostfan815

My Image

My image won't show on this page. What's wrong? -Some Person 14:02, 31 May 2007 (PDT)


I see that most, if not all, pictures here are screenshots from TV broadcasts. I was wondering if that's because you have some predilection for those, for whatever reason. However, if there's no established rule concerning images, I could easily, though slowly, replace them with high quality DVD screenshots. --AlexAx 17:41, 6 July 2007 (PDT)

Many of our screenshots are from high-quality DVDs, especially S1 and S2. --Blueeagleislander 21:10, 6 July 2007 (PDT)


Can you put this extension [1] in the server ? I need it for the french version of LOSTPEDIA. Thank you. --Vivere.memento 18:09, 9 July 2007 (PDT)

SysOps on the Spanish Lostpedia

Hi, man!

I'm Calick, from the Spanish Lostpedia, and one of its more important editors.

These last months our wiki has experienced a rebirth and a high increase of its numbers of articles thanks to me and other members who have taken the new control of our wiki. However, we have not complete control, because we are not SysOps (the original administrators probably were gone, leaving the page abandoned, or maybe they never existed...).

What I'm asking to you, is there any way to become and Admin based on the qualities a SysOp must have, no matter that I am from another Lostpedia? We have no idea how to become an Admin or a SysOp, and we need to take control of some activities, specially against some recent vandalism actions. I know I haven't done as much as you and sure here I wouldn't deserve the right of what I'm asking for, but the Spanish Lostpedia is smaller by the time, and I've done a huge work as an editor and controller.

Please, if you can help me and my partners, we'll be very grateful to you.



Vandalism English Lostpedia


Someone is posting stupid pictures and text all over the English Lostpedia! Somebody block this IP.


I also saw this happen from a user I think is called Postroom Bob He vandalised the Mikhail Bakunin page on 2nd of september. -H4eafy

  • I don't know if this is where to report it or not, but a user called Derawer just posted completely irrelevant and pornographic links on 5 pages within 10 minutes or so of each other this last hour (Naveen Andrews, Sayid Jarrah, Jack Shephard, Kate Austen, Rodrigo Santoro). I quickly removed them all once I found them but that's all this user has ever edited - so I would tend to think they should be blocked. Thanks, Gingle87 19:47, February 12, 2010 (UTC)Gingle87
Verified and banned.  Robert K S   tell me  22:11, February 12, 2010 (UTC)
  • I think what BalkOfFame does is vandalism too. He is creating nonsense articles en masse. It's nerve killing. What can you do against that? Thanks! Gfrast 06:50, April 30, 2010 (UTC)
    • What are you talking about? BalkOfFame doesn't create nonsense articles. Are you referring to the orchestral pieces? That's not nonsense, and it's actually a very good addition to the wiki. If you're going to throw accusations around, give some proof and your reasons for why it is "nonsense".
    • I'm really sorry. The amount of articles and their names made me think it can't be true. I didn't check on them though. I'm really sorry. You're right... I just try to be a productive member of the lostpediacommunity :) Gfrast 18:55, May 1, 2010 (UTC)

Someone is repeatedly vandalizing the Lostpedia Answers page. They come in, erase the answers to questions, change the wording to questions and create their own, all with the word "buttsex" over and over. I've tried undoing the changes they make but it's getting excessive. They've been doing this for a couple weeks now. Is it possible to ban their IP address? If you look at their user history they do nothing but vandalize.

WordSlinger 12:37, June 21, 2010 (UTC)

Lostpedia Answers has nothing to do with this wiki, nor was it created by the LostpediaAdmin. You'll have to contact whoever created that site.--Baker1000 19:18, June 21, 2010 (UTC)

My mistake, the names and look of both are so similar I just assumed they were connected. WordSlinger 20:30, June 21, 2010 (UTC)

Easy mistake to make. I think the creator of that site intended people to think there was a connection. Someone just trying to piggyback on Lostpedia's reputation. I'm surprised no action has been taken.--Baker1000 20:34, June 21, 2010 (UTC)

Spanish Sysops

Hi, man!

My name (well, my geek name, lol) is Calick, and I am a high-rank editor in the Spanish Lostpedia.

These last months the wiki has experienced a rebirth and a high increase of its numbers of articles thanks to me and other members who have taken the new control of our wiki. However, we have not complete control, because we are not SysOps (the original administrators probably were gone, leaving the page abandoned, or maybe they never existed...).

What I'm asking to you, is there any way to become and Admin based on the qualities a SysOp must have, no matter that I am from another Lostpedia? We have no idea how to become an Admin or a SysOp, and we need to take control of some activities, specially against some recent vandalism actions. I know I haven't done as much as you and sure here I wouldn't deserve the right of what I'm asking for, but the Spanish Lostpedia is smaller by the time, and I've done a huge work as an editor and controller.

Please, if you can help me and my partners, we'll be very grateful to you.

See another life, brotha!

---Thanks! Calick

This has been copied this from User talk:GodEmperorOfHell for admin to see. -Mr.Leaf 10:43, 17 September 2007 (PDT)

Today in Lost History

On the main page, Today in Lost History, is behind a day. Not sure if this falls under your "jurisdiction", but it seems logical to tell you. As I type this, it's 11:23 PM in US Central time zone, meaning nowhere in the world is on the day Sept. 29 (either Sept. 30 or Oct. 1), but today in Lost History is displaying events from Sept. 29. Thought you should know so you can fix it. David 21:29, 30 September 2007 (PDT)

you are my hero!

thanks for creating this awsome site! DOWN WITH BOB!(even though he is already down lol) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Gollum lover (talkcontribs) .


Hello. I'm a contributor of the French version of Lostpedia and I just found an extension that would ne nice for every version of Lostpedia : [2]. It would allow to make images clickable and going to an other page than image description. Images maps could also be used for World locations. If you could install this extension it would be very great. As a last word, it seems that it dosn't work in a template so there is some possible patches : [3] (it should also correct <gallery> in templates I think). Best regards. Wyz 14:47, 7 January 2008 (PST)

I would really appreciate if you could install this extension. Links from pictures would be then be no more headaches... Thanks a lot. Wyz 08:20, 9 October 2008 (PDT)

Problem with FORMATNUM

There's a problem with the FORMATNUM magic word on Wanted Pages at the Dutch Lostpedia, see I guess it has to be used as FORMATNUM: instead of FORMATNUM| but I don't know how or where to change it. Riki 13:51, 8 January 2008 (PST) (admin on the Dutch Lostpedia).

unable to upload images

When trying to upload a file, the page says: The upload directory (/var/www/html/images) is not writable by the webserver. --DJVok 01:26, 15 January 2008 (PST)

Russian Part of Lostpedia

Hi! I am from Russia! Many people in my country love "Lost". But there is no Russian Part in Lostpedia. Please make the Russian Part of Lostpedia. ;) Plazik 11:14, 12 February 2008 (PST)

I agree with Plazik. I thk we should translate the original Lostpedia into Russian Language because many Russians want to know more about Lost but they do not know English. Langly 22:29, 12 February 2008 (PST)


Hi, I made a LOST Countdown program (view the link) and i was wondering if it is at all possible to upload the file for download off the server. Obviously you would be able to trial the software to see if it was ok. Please contact me back. {{User:David Gee/autosig}} 08:57, 25 February 2008 (PST)


Hi I've been trying to e-mail you for a few days but my e-mails to the address you have listed here keep getting bounced back to me. I wanted to ask you a Lostpedia question without broadcasting it on a talk page.

What's the best way to get in touch with you?--Jeff 13:43, 29 February 2008 (PST)

Problems with templates on the german lostpedia


I'm one of the Admins of the german lostpedia. We have some problems with templates, if there are to many of them, they're shown as links (for example: template:ep instead of "Left Behind"). You can see it here or here. Can you help us? -- Clark Taylor 04:45, 5 March 2008 (PST)

  • I'm sorry, but the problem we have, is still there and I have no idea, were it came from. Could it be, that some settings in DefaultSetting.php (or some non-settings in the LocalSettings.php file) averting more than 40 templates per page? (Somewhere in this file I found this: $wgMaxTemplateDepth=40, could it be the reason) -- Clark Taylor 13:18, 30 March 2008 (PDT)
    • I found the problem, our {{ep|...}} template was to big. So ... forget it.

Next time on lost

I saw the "Next time on lost" box on the main page. I belive it needs to be updated (On 3/13/08 it says that LOST airs tomorrow, instead of today.) Just letting you know :) --Rhcm123|talk|contributions 11:22, 13 March 2008 (PDT) Post Scriptum: This only occours if one is logged out. If one is logged in, it is correct. --Rhcm123|talk|contributions 11:32, 13 March 2008 (PDT)

Thumbnail/pics problem

Hey, there's a huge problem going on around with the images. Each new image uploaded can't have it's thumbnail, there's some kind of error message like the site can't create a thumbnail from the picture or something.

The error message looks something like this:

Error creating thumbnail: convert: unable to open image `/var/www/sites/': Permission denied. convert: missing an image filename `/var/www/sites/'.

- TheAma1 07:57, 14 March 2008 (PDT)

Admin is aware of the problem and working on it.    Jabberwock    talk    contribs    email   - 08:38, 14 March 2008 (PDT)



I know some wikis use this for automating pages and it can create pages with data in a snap. Is it enabled here at LP?--  SacValleyDweller    talk    contribs   23:18, 3 May 2008 (PDT)

Nope. What kind of editing did you have in mind? --Admin 02:08, 31 July 2008 (PDT)

Spoiler spammers

We've now had spammers putting major spoilers on multiple pages and flooding the recent changes list. It seems that no sooner is one caught, then another comes along with a new account. Is it possible to stop all new registrations until after the finale has aired? Otherwise the SysOps are just going to be chasing their tails. Thanks--TechNic|talk|conts 15:38, 19 May 2008 (PDT)

I hate to say it, but blocking new registrations or something similar may be necessary. The spoiler spammer from this morning looks like he just came back and did it all over again with a new account. Is there something that can be done? I'd hate to have to avoid the site completely until after the finale, but it's looking like it might be inevitable. --Minderbinder 15:48, 19 May 2008 (PDT)
Have to agree with this, im usually a regular contributor but I have avoided lostpedia throughout season 4 due to the flash forward twist being revealed in the recent changes list here last year, cant wait to come back after the finale though!.. --Lewis-Talk-Contribs 15:51, 19 May 2008 (PDT)
I seem to agree as well. I've seen three spoiler spammers within a very short amount of time. The recent changes list is not a good place to be come finale time. --CTS 17:50, 19 May 2008 (PDT)
I recommend locking user creation for the next few days, or perhaps even editing. --Blueeagleislander 01:20, 20 May 2008 (PDT)
We're discussing this right now. Once again, we know who to thank for this.... *sighs*  Plkrtn  talk  contribs  email  02:37, 20 May 2008 (PDT)

Panel audio?

I live in NYC but was unable to attend last night. I really wished I could have. Is there going to be audio/video available from the panel? Are you doing any other Lostpedia stuff in New York this week? Congested 20:12, 20 May 2008 (PDT)

Appearances template

I have major suggestion for you, Admin! This is something i picked up when i visited 24 Wikia. Please go to this link | | and then go to the bottom of the page. There you can find a cool template which i suggest that we use here at Lostpedia. We can put it at the bottom of every character. -- User:Benlinus 19:32, 22 May 2008 (PDT)

bring back the casualties petition

After the events that happend with deleting the 5 casualty articles, me and some other users started a petition for bringing those articles back on Lostpedia. If you share our opinion on this matter, please sign the "Save The Redshirts" section on my user page. If you want you could contact other users about this or create a "Save the redshirts" section on your user page, because the goal is to get as many users to sign the petition as possible along with 6 SysOps (Admins). I would appriciate a quick respond and a sign on either my user page or User:LostCloverfield42's page.
Actually, because you created Lostpedia your sign on the petition would mean a lot so I would like to ask for a support from you because I think bringing those articles back on Lostpedia is for this site's best interest. --Orhan94

I Need Your Help

Please, I desperately need your help! When ever I log onto using Internet Explorer it says that I have sucessfully logged in. However when I click on the link to go back to the page I was just at (or anypage for that matter) it logges me out! I try to log in multiple times but no matter what I cannot do anything besides browse. And it only happens on Lostpedia. I can log onto AOL and other websites and they work fine. Please, I need your help, I just got high-speed and I really want to edit! If you can help me or know anyone who can please send them to my talk page so that I can get this problem fixed. Thank you for your time. --LostCloverfield42 20:46, 27 June 2008 (PDT)

Please make sure cookies are enabled for That's the only thing that I can think of that would cause this behavior. Thanks, --Admin 02:02, 31 July 2008 (PDT)


Greetings -

I'm sure you have a lot on your plate, but an idea occurred to me about character information,

I was looking at the Richard Alpert page and noticed a line that he had been in ten (?) episodes. I'm virtually certain that when we get to the first episode of the next season, that will change to eleven. Some poor slob <grin> is maintaining all those counts.

I wrote database code for over ten years, but I don't know anything about the internal structure of wiki. I'm new and still trying to remember when to use squiggles and when to use brackets!

Assuming there's the functionality in wiki, something like:

select COUNT(*) into {{episode_count|Richard Alpert}} from episode_pages where 'Richard Alpert' in CAST or 'Richard Alpert' in GUEST;

Like every thing else, there's development time, but....


--Jim in Georgia Contribs Talk 18:31, 28 June 2008 (PDT)

Hi Jim,
Unfortunately, wiki structure is very flat. That fact that it's flat gives the userbase the ability to create any data structure they want without having to have a DBA design tables, and relations, etc.... That being said, there's no structured data like the data necessary to do this in our database. However, I agree that it would be handy. :) --Admin 02:05, 31 July 2008 (PDT)

Additional SysOps for the German Lostpedia

Hi there,
in the German Lostpedia we had a vote to choose some new SysOps, because the old ones aren't online that often any more. But at the moment it is necessary for us to have some admins who can change article names after the broadcast of the German language version of Lost. So we had a vote for additional SysOps you can see right here. The winners of this vote are Anis Ben Amor and me (DerAndre). So it would be great, if you make us SysOps of the German Lostpedia. Thanks and Namste! --DerAndre green.png       09:59, 7 July 2008 (PDT)

Thanks for bringing this to my attention and I'm sorry it took so long to get it taken care of. Congratulations you have been promoted. --Admin 02:06, 31 July 2008 (PDT)
Never mind. Thank you very much. --DerAndre green.png       08:23, 31 July 2008 (PDT)
Thank you man!
I have a second question about the German Lostpedia. Last time we were often talking about Wikiversions and Wikisoftwareupdates and i just wanted to ask you if the German Lostpedia is allready using the latest updates or not. Sorry for my english and if it's allready done or someone else disturbed you before with that question. If not, we hope you could update it to the newest Version. Grettings from the German Lostpedia
Namaste! --Anis Ben Amor 10:39, 31 July 2008 (PDT)
The German Lostpedia version is the same as the English. They all get updated together. It's not the latest version, however I plan to upgrade to the latest version within a few weeks. --Admin 12:28, 31 July 2008 (PDT)
O.k. Thank you for your fast reply. Namaste! --Ben Amor 13:44, 31 July 2008 (PDT)

Hebrew Lostpedia

Dear Admin!!! I am a hebrew speaker. I and many others in Israel really like Lost so I am asking from you to create a Hebrew Lostpedia. Thank you, Yair 07:02, 31 July 2008 (PDT)

Thank you, I have had other requests for this as well. We will set it up with the next software update, within a few weeks. --Admin 12:30, 31 July 2008 (PDT)

Error creating thumbnail

Hey Admin. Recently there have been some images that do not appear unless you put it at a certain px size. Click here for an example of two images that have this problem (but there are still others that do as well). Is this a problem with the file or the site? Any help would be great! Thanks. -- CTS  Talk   Contribs 12:18, 8 August 2008 (PDT)

  • Hey, we had the same problem in the German Lostpedia. But it's gone. Nobody knows why, but it's fine ; ) --DerAndre green.png       03:16, 11 August 2008 (PDT)
Yep, I found the problem and fixed it for all the LPs. Thanks! --Admin 11:46, 11 August 2008 (PDT)

Thanks! -- CTS  Talk   Contribs 12:50, 11 August 2008 (PDT)


Hey admin I sent you an email regarding the Help:COntents page. (I have a better version of it). Please check it and tell me what you think of it. Thanks. --JPB. T. C. E. 12:32, 12 August 2008 (PDT)

It looks good to me! --Admin 16:02, 23 August 2008 (PDT)
Thanks. I just wanted to say that I have moved the Latin page from my user page to an external site until you decide to set it up. I have done this so everyone can get a better description of how it would look. I have also left the main page along with the other pages unprotected. Cheers, --JPB. T. C. E. 13:40, 26 August 2008 (PDT)


Hi Admin. Is there a way you can delete Image:Portal-Frank.jpg? Please write back. Thanks.--DF3 my talk page my edits my identity 15:45, 23 August 2008 (PDT)

I can, but can you give me some more information about why it needs to be deleted? --Admin 16:03, 23 August 2008 (PDT)

OK. Here are my reasons:

Nothing links to it

It is not his main pic

Image:Frank-portal.png is his main pic and better quality.--DF3 my talk page my edits my identity 16:47, 23 August 2008 (PDT)

Deleted. Thanks, --Admin 16:52, 23 August 2008 (PDT}


Hey Admin, I got a question: can you pls install the CharInsert extension if possible? Then we could use MediaWiki:Edittools like here in WikiMedia Commons. Would be really cool. Thanks --DerAndre green.png       18:09, 23 August 2008 (PDT)


Hi Admin. How can I create a turkish language lostpedia. I believe that Turkish version will be an integrated part of the Lostpedia family. Thanks--Millikan 10:00, 28 August 2008 (PDT)

New user

Hi. I am a new user. Is there anything I can do for the site?--Frank (talk) 18:27, 28 August 2008 (PDT)


How come we don't have a PayPal button? I think you deserve the dollars.--Mc peko 05:13, 31 August 2008 (PDT)

Theory Extension

Hey Admin,\ Just wondering if I can have the latest code for the theory extension. The one one Jabberwocky's page has a major bug in it. Thanks, --JPB. T. C. E. 06:32, 11 September 2008 (PDT)

Hebrew Lostpedia again!!!

hey admin!!! when will he.lostpedia be updated? You said it would take few weeks ,but it has been over a month!!! Thank you, --Yair 23:27, 13 September 2008 (PDT)



I need to have $wgUseTidy=true added in localsettings.php. If Admin or someone could do it it would be great.
Why I want it added is that I just added a template on the french lostpedia which return table html tags but they are melted by the wiki and tidy could fix it.

Thanks in advance.Wyz 10:37, 27 September 2008 (PDT)

It seems you activated it. Thank you very much. Wyz 04:28, 28 September 2008 (PDT)

Page display

Hi Admin. Currently there are several pages on Lostpedia that are displaying weird fonts and/or colors. Talk:Main Page, Lostpedia:Ideas, and Talk:Jin Has a Temper-Tantrum on the Golf Course are some examples. Could you please look into this? Thanks. -- CTS  Talk   Contribs 21:06, 27 September 2008 (PDT)

Admin activated Tidy on all Lostpedia. This function check (and corrects) html structure. If html is written incorrectly you might see some weird things... On the french lostpedia we forgot to close a div on the Sitenotice. All the site was considered to be in the Sitenotice, everything was centered ! Wyz 04:30, 28 September 2008 (PDT)
Great. Now we have to check every single page, just because you forgot one command? --DerAndre green.png       08:05, 28 September 2008 (PDT)
The disruption shouldn't be too much, just mostly fonts going out of whack (from user sigs mainly). If you see an error, then just fix it! --Nickb123 (Talk) 08:50, 28 September 2008 (PDT)
My userpage has completely gone whack on both monobook and lostbook sinse tidy. See here--TRUETECH 11:43, 28 September 2008 (PDT
The airdates are also messed up.--Baker1000 11:51, 28 September 2008 (PDT)
Wikipedia is using Tidy feature and there is not strange display. It doesn't cost to do correct html... Activating Tidy allows to have template like this working : [4]. I corrected the reported page. Wyz 12:15, 28 September 2008 (PDT)
Thanks--TRUETECH 12:18, 28 September 2008 (PDT)
But you solved your problems in French Lostpedia now, right? So actually we don't need this extension any more. It is just causing problems - world wide. --DerAndre green.png       12:31, 28 September 2008 (PDT)
We DO need this feature. We made a template based on the template which I provided link above. Parserfunctions (eg if) return bad html tags, which are corrected by Tidy. For examples {{#if:{{{test|}}}<td>}} gives (without Tidy) &lttd&gt. If you don't want to correct the 10 articles/templates which are affected I read somewhere that you can activate it only for a localized function. Wyz 13:32, 28 September 2008 (PDT)

The Season 4 DVD article has all the text centered. Can someone please fix it? Thanks.--Baker1000 12:48, 7 October 2008 (PDT)

Coming from Template:DVDreleases, a </div> is missing at the end. The template is protected so I can't edit it myself. Wyz 08:13, 9 October 2008 (PDT)

Lostpedia not accessible

Hey Admin,

at the moment there are five Lostpedia versions not accessible: DE, ES, FR, JA, PL. I hope you can bring them back online.

Regards --DerAndre green.png       11:48, 4 October 2008 (PDT)

  • Okay, online again. Thanks! --DerAndre green.png       11:59, 4 October 2008 (PDT)

Userpage history deletion?

Hi Admin, I realize this may seem like a silly request, but would it be possible to have my userpage history deleted? I realized that I don't, at the moment, feel any need to have a profile, so I don't think I'm going to prod at it in any near future, and I thought having history of three random edits lying around was kind of pointless - that, and I'm not very comfortable with them in the first place. If you could delete the history (or the user page itself? I'm not sure, but I don't think that'll affect me as a user?), I'd be thankful.

Thank you very much in advance. Alpert 14:02, 21 October 2008 (PDT)

Hi there, It is possible to delete the history. However, I've decided it's better not to make a deletion so I don't end up with 10,000 other users asking me to do the same thing! I hope you can understand. Thanks, --Admin 14:24, 21 October 2008 (PDT)


It would be nice if you could add interwiki links and wikipedia links ([[w:en:article]] for a link to an English wikipedia article) [5]. Best regards. Wyz 13:42, 7 November 2008 (PST)


Hey Admin, how are you doing.

I just wanted to ask you, if you may make me ([6]) a Bureaucrat of the German Lostpedia. There are some users with great skills in writing articles. And before we have to annoy you again to promote them, we could do this on our owns Smiley emoticons wink.gif

Best regards --DerAndre green.png       15:11, 10 November 2008 (PST)

New Languages Page

Hi, Kevin. I've drawn up a new page for Lostpedia languages, which you can see here. I've added the list of administrators to each wiki, however, as unadept as I am at some foreign languages, I feel that I'm inevitably leaving some out. Is there a list of administrators that you could send me in order for me to complete my list? Thanks. -- Sam McPherson  T  C  E  18:31, 13 November 2008 (PST)

Hi Sam, The administrators of the wikis change from time to time.. It looks like you already found this, but the best way to get a current idea of who the administrators are is to check the MediaWiki Listuser function. Here is the example from the English Wiki The page looks really good. Thanks, --Admin 15:43, 16 November 2008 (PST)
No problem. Thanks for your help. -- Sam McPherson  T  C  E  18:36, 16 November 2008 (PST)
You can do the same using wiki markup rather than hard coding the URL. Just tack on the group name similar to a sub-page. Special:Listusers/Sysop    Jabberwock    talk    contribs    email   - 19:18, 16 November 2008 (PST)
Hey, thanks. I believe I have a complete list of the admins now.-- Sam McPherson  T  C  E  20:16, 16 November 2008 (PST)

Two things

  • Hey, two things, the first one quick, the second one who knows.
    1. One, we have a new wiki sysop, and he needs proper supermoderator group status in the forums (user:CTS, also his forum name).
    2. Second, I got a message from a User:Wyz (who I notice has messaged you on other issues) from the Fr.lostpedia who noted: "I'm using a bot on the French Lostpedia and I recently found a bug I though was coming from the bot. But in fact it comes from lostpedia, look at this link. The mediawiki software is adding two extra lines on top, making bot inefficient. Can you have a look or transmit this message to the relevant person ?".
- Contrib¯ _Santa_ ¯  Talk  20:38, 16 November 2008 (PST)

Requests summary

As Santa said I have several request still waiting an answer from you :

  • #Request : an extension allowing click on images
  • #Interwiki : enabling interwiki links for all lostpedia (not only English one)
  • #Two things : find out why two extra lines are added on the exported text, it might reveal that there is something wrong in the mediawiki configuration (I solved the bot trouble with that by triming the loaded text)

Thanks in advance and best regards Wyz 02:05, 17 November 2008 (PST)

Important thing

Hey Kevin,

can you please try to delete the gif image under /de_images/1/13/Lostpedia.gif ? It's causing some problems, so I can't delete it myself, but I will keep on trying.

Thanks a lot!
--DerAndre green.png       04:10, 21 November 2008 (PST)

editcount/ec extension


I wasn't sure which of your sysops might handle this.

I my work as a sysop on, I've designed a box that dynamically displays the user's status in terms of number of edits. If implemented, it could replace all the "NNNN Edits" boxes currently in use on Lostpedia. The process uses three templates; User Status displays results using information from User Edits and User Count. You can examine the code by going to my user page on, here: [7]. Obviously, the graphic would have to be changed.

The only annoying aspect is that, although the display changes as expected when a boundary is crossed, the user page must be edited and saved to update the category.

Dennis, the owner of, has agreed to this.

The process requires the extension editcount or ec. That extension doesn't seem to be installed. Is it possible to get it installed?


--Jim in Georgia Contribs Talk 15:25, 17 December 2008 (PST)

Hi Jim, Thanks for the note. Let's take a look at this after the move to Wikia is completed. It looks like a good idea and something that I'm sure other users would find very useful. --Admin 21:05, 17 December 2008 (PST)

With our migration, Special:Editcount seems to do the trick. Maybe it was always there and I just didn't know about it<sigh>.--Jim in Georgia Contribs Talk 15:36, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

Hi Jim, Wikia had it enabled. So those features should work now. It wasn't installed before. One of the benefits of the move. :) --Admin 20:18, 21 December 2008 (UTC)


Hey Kevin,

just read about your plans to move Lostpedia to Wikia. What will the new URLs for the other language versions be? --DerAndre green.png       17:17, 17 December 2008 (PST)

All of the usual URLs will continue to work or be forwarded to the correct place. The new language URLs will likely be: (where xx is the language code). --Admin 19:17, 17 December 2008 (PST)
Hi, it is problem in Polish version of Lostpedia. I (Lukasew - I am/was(?) sysop) and other users can not log in. And second problem, what with user name in en.lostpedia? I must use LOST-Lukas? I can not use my old name Lukas? LOST-Lukas 18:46, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
OK, Thanks a lot Lukas 22:54, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

About the Move

Will there be a way to look at Lostpedia the way it was again? Without the Wikia sidebar and clustered formatting? Because as of now, it's all rather cluttered and claustrophobic. -- Sam McPherson  T  C  E  04:24, 19 December 2008 (UTC)

We will be adding the lostbook skin back here as soon as possible which you will be able to choose in your preferences. Angela (talk) 04:34, 19 December 2008 (UTC)
Sam, additionally plkrtn and I will be working on development of the Monaco skin, adding in elements from Lostbook. We won't be doing any further development of the Lostbook skin since it is based on Monobook.    Jabberwock    talk    contribs    email   - 18:53, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

Spanish Lostpedia


I am Frans, one of the Sysop of Spanish Lostepdia, and my English is not fluid. With respect to the subject of Wikia, I go to but she appears another pedia, is not our information of Spanish Lostpedia. Please, he tell me that I must do.

Thanks 18:35, 19 December 2008 (UTC)

I'm sorry for the delay. Spanish is being worked on now and should be available within the next hour. Angela (talk) 01:04, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
  • Do you have a list of sysops you had assigned for the non-English Lostpedias? Just from a perusal it looks like German and Spanish have started to receive some support and furthermore now have reactivated sysops. I don't know the status of the other languages, but as I recall there were some languages which did not have sysops? If that is true I'm a bit concerned of major migration issues (e.g. project page article prefix changes, such as what happened in Spanish) remaining unresolved in those languages that lacked sysops before the migration. If you could make sure that's somewhere on the migration techs' list, that would be excellent. -- Contrib¯ _Santa_ ¯  Talk  17:56, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
    • Hello. Frans am again. Now I can not enter my mind, because they do not recognize my password. Before the merger, log on without problems. I tried to send a new password to my mail, but I have not said that registered mail. I got registered. What can I do? Thank you very much. -- 00:03, 21 December 2008 (UTC)
Frans, Please try to login using the username LOSTFR-Frans and your old password. Please let me know if that works. --Admin 00:09, 21 December 2008 (UTC)
Ok. Thank you very much. I worked, but with LOSTES-Frans. But thank you very much. --LOSTES-Frans 00:20, 21 December 2008 (UTC)
My mistake.. Sorry about that. Glad you're in now! --Admin 09:16, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

Additional SysOps for the Polish Lostpedia

Hi there,
in the Polish Lostpedia we need second SysOp, because the old SysOp(Elfik) isn't active. So it would be great, if you make Nanaki_PL (see also: Nanaki - it is the same person, but he has problem with user name in wikia) SysOps of the Polish Lostpedia.
Regards, Sysop PL-Lostpedia Lukasew 00:57, 29 December 2008 (UTC) And what with my request? --Lukasew 16:36, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

Hi, I'd like to remind you about request and also about that your bureaucrat account on polish Lostpedia is LOSTPL-Admin :P. And BTW: Could you also add flag to my bot account (on polish LP only): -- Nanaki 20:45, 17 March 2009 (UTC)
Done by me. ;) --TOR 22:51, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

Oliver Mitchell

Thanks, Admin. Orhan94 12:45, 14 January 2009 (UTC)


hi admin. whenever i change my user page, it shows up when i am loged in but when i am loged out it is the old version. do you know what the problem is? thanks.--DF3 my talk page my edits my identity 21:37, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

The most likely cause of this is that the page is cached when you're not logged in. One of the things you can do to "refresh" a cached page is to add ?action=purge to the end of the URL. You can read more about purging page caches here: --Admin 22:07, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

what do you mean?--DF3 my talk page my edits my identity 17:14, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

Please read the help in the link I posted. It's the way you can force the page to clear it's cache. Similar to the way one might clear their browser's cache. --Admin 00:51, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

hey. i tried it and it did not work.--DF3 my talk page my edits my identity 15:49, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

Does it work now? I just went to this link when I was logged out and it let me clear the cache. --Admin 23:23, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

thanks, but no.--DF3 my talk page my edits my identity 02:33, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

You'll have to be more specific then. What change did you make that you can see when logged in, but not logged out? Also, have you cleared your browser's cache? Other than that, I'm not sure what it can be. Noone else seems to be having this problem, so I'm pretty sure it's confined to your computer. --Admin 23:23, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

Hi. i think that if i save the "code" of the page and you delete User:Dharmafreak3, and i re create it it will stop. Please write back. Thank you.--DF3 my talk page my edits my identity 15:07, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

never mind! it is fixed--DF3 my talk page my edits my identity 15:24, 14 February 2009 (UTC)



I'm new to Lostpedia and I've been editing and adding information wherever I see fit. I am a bit confused, though, as to if I am following copyright laws and rules. I have been saving pictures from to my computer and then uploading them to this website to use on the pages. I was wondering if this is okay and if not, what Ishould be doing to add pictures. The only pictures I have added are on Daniel Faraday's page and Sun Hwa Kwon's page.

Thanks for the help, --PapaSloth 02:23, 15 February 2009 (UTC)

I got this one. --Nickb123 (Talk) 12:27, 15 February 2009 (UTC)
Thanks Nick! --Admin 21:28, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Pages are broken

Can you or someone else fix the problems with the edit history on, for example, 316/Theories? People are unintentionally overwriting each other's edits. If you try and edit a section on the most recent revision, you get a "WARNING: You are editing an out-of-date revision of this page. If you save it, any changes made since this revision will be lost." warning, as well as the most recent revision in the edit history is not (click on the diff, then you can click forward to a more recent revision with a previous date). This is all clearly broken. ∇ϕ 07:46, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

Problem with Signing

Hey. I was having some trouble with signing my name. I understand that using four tildes (~) will sign my name and put the date on there too, but lately it hasn't been linking to my user page as well. is there a problem? Please put your reply on my user talk page. Thanks. PS: the way I'm signing my post here is with the four tildes. --Crash815 16:10, 7 March 2009 (UTC)

CANON Discussion

Hey Kev. I invoked your name at Talk:Santa_Rosa_Mental_Health_Institute#location, and did not want you to get blind-sided if it comes back to you. I'd appreciate your insight - if you choose to share it. Cheers –DocH my edits 02:08, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

-Backdoor here - Lostpedia_talk:Canon#Clarification_of_policy , –DocH my edits

Problem editing "Theories" pages

if you are not the person that i am supposed to give this info to, then please direct me to the correct person.....

we are having a problem editing the Theories pages (specifically He's Our You/Theories). when you add a comment to the page, it automatically delete's whatever edits the user before you made. i will provide details below. this happened to me all day on saturday & then today monday when i went back to the page. it took communicating with the people who we percieved to be doing the editing to figure out what was going on. everyone's post was getting deleted & we thought it was being done intentionally. times are in EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME.

please see all posts from Revision history of "He's Our You/Theories" starting with..........

..... 08:30, March 30, 2009 TheGreatDanton (Talk | contribs) (59,807 bytes) (→Ann Arbor, MI)

inbetween, & ending with...

..... 09:21, March 30, 2009 TheGreatDanton (Talk | contribs) (59,778 bytes) (→Ann Arbor, MI)

also see User talk:NEVERGIVEUP, to see that we were not intentionally deleting each other's posts, we were just trying to add our own post but we realized were deleting each others in the process. --NEVERGIVEUP 14:29, 30 March 2009 (UTC)


This problem with the theory pages has occurred after every episode, starting with LaFleur/Theories, where I first reported it at User talk:Robert K S#Attempt. At the risk of seeming strident, that's every episode. While I lay this problem at the feet of Wikia, the apparent solution is to save the content of the theory page, delete the page, re-create the blank page and re-insert the content. This results in a loss of the page history, but this is a minimal situation when compared to the problem with edits, which I have dubbed as a "feeding frenzy."

I'm surprised, with the experience since LaFleur/Theories, that no one has established a protocol for intervening when the frenzy begins.

Can you help us?

--Jim in Georgia Contribs Talk 21:10, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

Vandalism Russian Lostpedia

Hello, User destroyed pages. Can you help us? Kuzura.

Ru-Lostpedia users

Dear LostpediaAdmin,

We Ru-Lostpedia users would like to nominate our own administrator who will be able to react quickly to emerging problems. We ask to answer, who has the right to nominate new administrator that is required for appointment and who can become the administrator. With impatience we look forward to hearing. Kind regards, Kuzura, Faraday(, CarrieWhite, Leoyan.

User talk: Kuzura for Ru-Lostpedia. User talk: CarrieWhite for Ru-Lostpedia.

P. S. We request to give administrator rights to Kuzura.

Kuzura has been appointed to Sysop. Thanks --Admin 07:51, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

Thanks you very much!

Revisiting episode titles ban + Old spoilers discussion

Hello. So, a while back, there was a decision made to ban all episode titles from the wiki with the exception of the immediately upcoming title. As far as I can tell, this decision was made in the topic Lostpedia talk:Spoiler Policy/Archive 02#Titles are spoilers! (redux) and was made because there was no way to create a collapsible Nav template for the episodes. As you may have seen, users were recently able to create such a template. As such, the original justification no longer applies, so I've reoppened the discussion here. If it's not too much trouble, I would like to get all the SysOps to weigh in on this publicly, as I feel previous spoiler policy discussions have been ignored and/or avoided by SysOps from time to time (particularly [[this one where there was a user consensus to set aside a page for officially released content from the producers, similar to the old "/Spoilers" pages, but used only for official content, which was never heard about again, despite a 100% consensus in the discussion.) At any rate, it would be great to have you all weigh in since I think this is an extremely important issue for Lostpedia that we have resolved, given the original reasoning behind it. Thanks.  Jimbo the Tubby  talk  contributions  07:53, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

Greetings and question from another wiki

Hello, I'm one of the admin for the Girl Genius Wiki (and a big fan of Lost, which is how I knew about this place). As Girl Genius also has long-running mysteries that invite lots of speculation, I would love it if we could modify a couple of Lostpedia's policies and informational templates for our use, particularly Template:Theorytabtop and Lostpedia:Theory policy. Who would I talk to about this to make sure it's all kosher? --m 19:35, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Go for it. We'd appreciate a link back with credit. Good luck with your wiki! --Admin 00:28, 14 June 2009 (UTC)

Fan Fiction Contest

During the hiatus the theme has been fan appreciation. And I thought what better way than to have a fan fiction contest. And what better place to have it then on lostpedia! There would be rules and challenges each week or two. We would write 18 episodes each has to be with in the same story arc Ben can't die one episode and then come back to life the next one. I really need an admin to support me on this idea and all the feed back I have gotten is positive. Please help! --BenKilledDharma 00:36, 23 August 2009 (UTC)

Admin Forum

Hi Kevin, who should I talk to, to check that I have access to the admin forum on the Lostpedia Forum? It's no longer visible to me.  Robert K S   tell me  04:38, December 30, 2009 (UTC)


Hi Kevin, i recently made this profile to try to correct a problem i had with the forum mods. My user name on the forums is Straight Outta Portland and earlier today a joke theory i made turned out to be true, and also a MAJOR spoiler. Upon seeing this your mods acted, and banned my account. I really love your site and was trying to add alittle light humor to the boards. I hope you will see this as a silly misunderstanding and i hope to contribute to lostpedia during and after LOST's final season.Roberto23 00:00, January 21, 2010 (UTC)Straight Outta PortlandRoberto23 00:00, January 21, 2010 (UTC)

Sysop conduct

User:CTS is using his sysop power to adjudicate an argument in which he is participating; another sysop should be asked to do that.--Jim in Georgia Contribs Talk 00:19, January 25, 2010 (UTC)

Reply He warned me for giving an accurate account of the proceedings and sort of yelled at me on my talk page. He is also ignoring consensus and another sysops judgement. cgmv123TalkContribsE-mail 00:29, January 25, 2010 (UTC)
You both are taking things way out of proportion. I simply restored that article for the sole purpose of discussing the points I had previously made. Nobody had responded to my points, and therefore I used my discretion and thought the article was deleted too early. If consensus is that the article should be deleted, then I will gladly delete it. Cgmv, I never "yelled" at you - I simply told you to stop accusing me of things that aren't true. And Gaarmyvet, sysops are allowed to adjudicate an argument in which he is participating. -- CTS  Talk   Contribs 01:12, January 25, 2010 (UTC)
Reply CTS, I didn't say you yelled at me, I said you sort of yelled at me. In email and other internet things, using capital letters generally means you're yelling. No one but you has objected to the merging or deleting of Left Behind (book). I have done my best to address your objections. All I can do now is wait for a sysop to delete/merge the page or for you to respond to me. cgmv123TalkContribsE-mail 01:21, January 25, 2010 (UTC)
Reply The article has now been merged. (and I tend to use all caps when emphasizing a point of mine, not when yelling) -- CTS  Talk   Contribs 01:53, January 25, 2010 (UTC)
Reply Misunderstanding acknowledged. cgmv123TalkContribsE-mail 01:58, January 25, 2010 (UTC)
I'm glad we got that worked out. :) --Admin 05:46, January 27, 2010 (UTC)


At the risk of asking a stupid question, does Wikia management know that starting Tuesday they're going to have a fire storm on their servers for two or three days every week until May? Last season Wikia had trouble keeping up with the changes to the theory pages.--Jim in Georgia Contribs Talk 21:14, January 31, 2010 (UTC)

I agree with you Jim in Georgia, there will be a fire storm of blogs. I'm sure of that. Could the Administrators making a blog where they said for example: Lost-fans don't make 100 blogs for 1 or 2 episodes? I don't know, but I agree with you.--Station7 21:17, January 31, 2010 (UTC)
There were higher levels of traffic during last season. Wikia knows what they're dealing with. They should be focused on making sure blogs stay in the blog namespace, that there are no spoilers on blogs, and that blogs don't become forums. cgmv123TalkContribsE-mail 22:19, January 31, 2010 (UTC)
I will be participating in spoiler relief on the community blog pages. Several people, especially new users (which we will see a great number soon) have been treading the line, posting spoilers. I've reported a few already and will continue to do the same, especially Wednesdays and Thursdays. Best Regards, BMetcalf82 23:39, January 31, 2010 (UTC)
Yup! we are well aware of premieres and releases - and we do all we can from an ops perspective to make sure things run smoothly. -- Doug (talk) 18:43, February 3, 2010 (UTC)

Washington Post Interview

Kevin, congrats on the interview, I thought it was great and it's getting a ton of buzz! If you guys need stats, or any help on future interviewss, please let me know - I am happy to help out. Cheers on the premiere as well! -- Doug (talk) 18:45, February 3, 2010 (UTC)


(p.s. I live in Oakland - creepy)

Hey, so, I'm not sure who to talk to about this, because I'm growing increasingly frustrated. The mods have decided to use the words "Flash-Sideways Timeline" and "[character name] X", and are seemingly just going to ignore that people are voicing objections. One of which is organized in the Flash-Sideways Timeline talk page. There, it seems that at least 80% of people hate the term "flash-sideways", and the majority have come to appreciate Alternate. That was everyone's first instinct, anyway: it was at first 'AltJack' and the 'Alt timeline'. And that's still what I suggest: "Alternate Timeline" and "Jack Shephard Alternate". Whoever it was that made the Flash-Sideways banners really sort of infuriated me, like it was some sort of ploy to get us all accustomed to the term even though so many of us had already voiced objections about it. If anything, this deserves to go up for a vote. This site and this show are not there to serve the handful of mods for this wiki. --Alilamba 17:31, February 5, 2010 (UTC)

  • Reply Sorry, there is no vast sysop conspiracy in play here. It should be noted that multiple sysops agree with your proposal. This type of change and decision takes time to discuss and implement. Even if one naming convention is currently being used, keep in mind that "nothing's irreversible."    Jabberwock    talk    contribs    email   - 18:11, February 5, 2010 (UTC)
  • I have to sign up to this one. The changes in organization showed up so quickly, they had the appearance of having been designed in advance of the initial airing. An example was the use of the term "Dark Entity," which never appeared in the episode (and which has since disappeared). The idea of the banners was posted to Lostpedia:Ideas and implemented in a day with virtually no comments. The same with the "Alt" pages. I know the implementers put some effort into what they did, but that doesn't mean they got the idea right or that they should have proceeded without they rest of us commenting.--Jim in Georgia Contribs Talk 18:05, February 5, 2010 (UTC)
  • Yeah, I'm sorry if it came off that I was frustrated at all mods. I was mostly venting some steam. But it does honestly feel that way sometimes - that this isn't a true wiki that anyone can edit. I've been 'policed' more times than I'd like to share on what I've posted here. It's a little belittling and a pretty huge turn-off. That being said, I sort of love this wiki? And I sort of seriously love Lost. And I love that there are honestly intelligent people which seriously good writing skills who love the show, too. I think a vote for Alt is a good idea, or at least a Mod caucus with an open chat. Or something. It all happened quickly, as it should, but the hammer seems to already be down on discussion when it wasn't even given a chance. --Alilamba 19:33, February 5, 2010 (UTC)
Hang with it. While consensus among sysops can sometimes override general user consensus, I can back up Jabr that that's not the case here. There's no conspiracy. And it's been less than a week. Big changes on Lostpedia happen over a couple of weeks or months. Have faith that the system will stabilize to something optimal with time and as we know more.  Robert K S   tell me  21:11, February 5, 2010 (UTC)
  • Thanks you guys :) --Alilamba 21:17, February 5, 2010 (UTC)

Two users are going around posting spoilers in blog comment sections. Their names are Loserx, and Teh Cairns. Please have this rectified before they ruin the Lostpedia experience for nonspoiler readers. Thank you. Namaste. --"What about you?" 02:15, March 2, 2010 (UTC)

Actually the names are Losxer and TehCairns. Sorry for the mix up.--"What about you?" 02:19, March 2, 2010 (UTC)

Spoilers are out of control--please advise.

Hello. There is a situation that desperately needs moderator action in the community blogs here on Lostpedia. This user, Jt8845 has been posting several spoilers about the upcoming episodes and he has been at it all day. I have been trying to warn others to not visit his posts, but he is getting worse and worse, now resorting to personal attacks. He claims to have a roaming IP address and the problem has been reported several times already today (since at least 6:00am AZ Mountain Time) but there has been no response to this issue. The problem has gotten worse and a lot of people are upset and leaving Lostpedia until after the finale airs for fear of being spoiled. I don't know what else to do as no action has been taken in nearly 48 hours. Here are his contributions after creating his user profile today, Please advise at your earliest convenience. Thank you. Best Regards, BMetcalf82 19:53, March 5, 2010 (UTC)

Reply I e-mailed Wikia and they said they're looking into solutions. cgmv123TalkContribsE-mail 21:56, March 5, 2010 (UTC)

I'm very angry that you guys removed the "Theory" page and now do your OWN approvals on what is good and what is not. I agree some stuff is crap, but there is no need for two pages. We all watch the discussion page build, and we'll watch most of it deleted, so what's the difference...?? Am I missing something here...? --endzoneted 23:40, March 17, 2010 (UTC)

Banning of User:Sean Sheep

When a user is banned, it says "you can discuss this with an administrator". However, that is the one thing that you cannot do if you are banned. Emails to administrators do not seem to function, or if they do, they are not read, or they are not responded to. In the case of User:Sean Sheep, a serious injustice has been committed, and I am asking you to look into this case and revert the ban.

Before you look at my identity, yes, I am Sean Sheep. Lamb Chop is a sock puppet (an actual sock puppet that is, not a sockpuppet!) I am not a sockpuppet, because according to Wikipedia , a sockpuppet is "an online identity used for purposes of deception" . no deception is involved here. In any case, I have scoured this site, and as far as I can see there is no rule which says that a user cannot have another online identity. I draw this to your attention, because a previous account I created in order to clear my name was also banned by the same Sysop for being a "sockpuppet".

Sean Sheep has built up a good reputation on this site over a period of a couple of months with around two and a half thousand edits, and a lot of work on the episode theory pages. There have been some meticulous and detailed blogs, examining the intricacies of fractured timelines and the teasing out of possible alternative theories. These are not to everyone's cup of tea, but nonetheless they provide clear, well-referenced connections to established scientific paradigms. Sean Sheep has also edited episode theory pages week on week during Season 6, and has been responsible for the removal of several spoilers, and has alerted sysops to the existence of such.

The piece in question for which Sean Sheep received the ban was a speculative piece about a possible Richard-centric episode, and copntained, as is Sean Sheep's usual style a lot of different theories, 20 in all. Some were serious, some off the wall, and some tongue in cheek. Nowhere in the post was there a title episode, and all of the speculations were my own, and I have not read any spoiler sites about any possible forthcoming Richard-centric episode. My guess is that someone has been reading spoiler sites, and in amongst the 20 speculations that I posted, at least one (possibly more) was close to what a spoiler says will be in some forthcoming episode. However, as I have not read any spoilers, that is just me speculating again.

I would ask that you read the deleted blog, and check what I say is accurate. I understand that Sysops have work to do (I am a Sysop on two other wikis); however you do need a sensible mechanism for encouraging sysops to discuss issues with bona fide users who appear to have broken the rules, before banning them in a peremptory manner, and denying them even an opportunity to explain their actions. In addition, if there is a rule about 'sockpuppetry', then this needs to be clear to everyone. I know this is about Lost, a wonderful place with mysterious rules. However, the concept of mysterious and unexplained rules does not need to bleed through into the wiki.

I look for ward to receiving your response (Sean Sheep) --Lamb Chop 07:39, March 23, 2010 (UTC)

Reply As I stated before on my talk page, in response to your inquiry about the status of Sean Sheep, the reason for the temp ban was that you discussed centricity of an upcoming episode, penned as if it were theory, but then used the word "hint" in parentheses after the statement. Quote: "When and if a ??spoiler-redacted??-centric episode appears (hint)" (link for Admin). I should also point out that you referred to Sean Sheep in the third person, which I then determined later to be a sockpuppet for Sean Sheep by checking IP logs. I did receive your email, but did not respond directly due to the discussion with sockpuppet account Wolfie Smith. The temporary block on the Sean Sheep account was extended from 7 days to 1 year due to the creation of multiple accounts to avoid the block. If Sean Sheep agrees to accept the temp/warning block and stop creating sockpuppet accounts, I would agree to reducing the ban back to the 7 days, which would expire next Monday.    Jabberwock    talk    contribs    email   - 18:37, March 23, 2010 (UTC)

Sean Sheep

I am making a plea on behalf of User:Sean Sheep for his re-instatement. At the risk of being repetitive this is the argument I made to another Sysop:

I believe the user SeanSheep has been banned, perhaps because of a claim that he posted a spoiler. I should say that he has denied to me that he has any information from anywhere regarding spoilers. I accept his claim, my dealings with him at this wiki have been completely trustworthy. Sean Sheep is a prolific theoriser with some of the most thorough, rigorous, interesting and intelligent (enthusiatic too) ideas of any that I have read on this site. He is also a stickler for Lostpedia guidelines and rules, and regrettably this has gotten him into some disagreements (with me included). He has resolved these fairly and properly. By his suggestions he has also been extremely helpful to me in my participation at this Wiki. Whilst I am sure that no member is indispensable his loss would leave a considerable gap - especially on the episode theory pages. A gap that no other writer can currently fill (because no one else is addressing the timeline and split theories and their ramifications like Sean is). The loss would be all the greater because as Sean Sheep himself says many of his theories are a work in progress. I for one would like to see how his work plays out. Sean is at work on this wiki in a myriad of other ways so there are many reasons to reconsider any ban that may have been imposed. As to the probable offence. Nothing that he wrote could not be imagined by a serious thinker about Lost. Many of his prognostications were mine also, and I am barely a deep thinker. At this point in Lost it is inevitable that some people will get close to the mark about what is to come - and that is especially so with someone like Sean Sheep whose knowledge and analysis are of such a high standard. Please allow user sean sheep back in asap

It now seems that SeanSheep is to be further punished (and as a result people like me) because he tried to argue his case using an alternate identity. How else was he to do it? I am also concerned that even if he did commit an offence it was a breach at the minor end of the scale, was imposed without discussion with other Sysops and was imposed without the accused being given an opportunity to defend himself. There has been a painful punishment, can we now cut our losses and have Sean Sheep back. --Charles Kane 00:29, March 24, 2010 (UTC)

Verbal Abuse suffered.

In this blog:

I have suffered a tirade of abuse, of which one user was banned, but the other are being let go scott free! If an admin had recieved this level of abuse from another user, it would surely have resulted in a ban, yet when I recieve this abuse, my pending problem ends up becoming "closed" with no action, and so an abusive member of this site is allowed to carry on abusing, swearing, and insulting others. This is not acceptable. Please take a look at that blog and take further more sevre action on those who have verbally insulted. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by DaemonRising (talkcontribs) .


The above link I have provided you to has now been deleted due to apparently being a flame war. No No. A war takes two sides. This was simply me reamining very calm and controlled, and repeating back other peoples anger to them. It was other people who were angry towards me, and were flaming me, with inslutls, swearing, and verbal abuse, and quite blatantly accusing me of things I hadn't done.

  • FOr example: Accusing me of being insulting and rude whilst simultaneiously swearing at me and calling me an ass!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I seriously cannot believe that LoeJawson and DharmaRanch have not been deleted or banned. I am quite sickened, to be honest. Goodbye. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by DaemonRising (talkcontribs) .

duplicate pages of Ab Aeterno Transcript

There are two duplicates - the original was created with the wrong name, this is where all of the editing has taken place, it has been suggested for renaming to remove the slashes in the name

Someone has created a duplicate page, with the correct name

I suggest renaming the original and deleting the duplicate, that way the history and discussion is not lost. It seems to be only one editor carrying on working on the duplicate, the original is getting more activity. Beelzebubbles101 00:42, March 26, 2010 (UTC)

Are you referring to me as the one working on duplicate? The original has like 10 acts, that's way too many. The duplicate is the correct format. If we are to rename the original and delete the duplicate, we need to sort that out right away.--Baker1000 00:50, March 26, 2010 (UTC)
The duplicate is full of silly things like script directions in the middle of dialog like "I [pause] I work [pause] I work [pause] in the fields. " . And actually he said "worked" not "work" in actual dialog, someone's been adding wrong corrections. Go back to the original, it's more accurate than the duplicate. Act divisions are easy to change. Beelzebubbles101 01:44, March 26, 2010 (UTC).

Rude User

Just drawing your attention to the often profane Lostintime.HorribleEyes 01:57, March 29, 2010 (UTC)HorribleEyesHorribleEyes 01:57, March 29, 2010 (UTC)

Lospedia Visualizations


This is Derek Hansen from the University of Maryland. Hope life is treating you well. I've been loving this season of Lost. As I promised in our phone interview a couple months ago (wow, time flies) we've been working on some visualizations based on data from Lostpedia. We were hoping you could post some of them to the community and ask for the community to comment on them. Perhaps it would be best to create a new page for them and have people comment on the Discussion page? (do you have a recommendation of a page name or section to put it in?) I've sent you an email (on Sunday night) that shows you some of the visualizations to give you an idea of what they look like. We can upload the final versions and a brief description of how they were created as well. We are going to finalize them tonight and were hoping you could post a link to the page we create on the main Lostpedia page for a week or so to get people to pay a bit of attention to them. Please let me know if that's feasible.

Shakmatt 13:13, March 30, 2010 (UTC)

Banned? Really?

I went to log in last week, and it gave the message that I have been banned for no posts, and that the ban would last forever.

I really think I was only a member for a few weeks before the ban, and with how busy I am I just didn't have the chance to post anything that wasn't already said multiple times. For this I get banned for life? I can see maybe 6 months with no posts but a matter of weeks? I barely have time to read an entire thread.

I'm on a school network, and sometimes I run openVPN so maybe it's because no posts AND multiple IPs? I guess thats how a spammer may appear, I however am definitely not a spammer.

Been reading this site and the forums since season three, and since we're in the final season I decided I would finally register and contribute before the chance was lost forever. Apparently, for me at least, that was a bad decision.

Please unban username llsteve80; and don't just IP ban me or ban this new name I made to post with, or both.

enjoying this site for 3 years just to get smacked in the face for no reason really hurt.

Very Disappointed in the Conduct of Adminstrators, Users -- but mostly Admin Types!

So I was a new editor to Lostpedia. At first I enjoyed it, but quickly it became clear that Jim in Georgia, as well as many other folks on the site, are VERY rude and dismissive of others. Not only do I not enjoy being treated rudely/dismissively in my free time, I also don't wish to see others with good points treated that way. UGH! I invite you to view some of the talk pages and see just how imperiously some of your long-termers are behaving. Like nasty little plastic-pocket pencil holder dictators, IMHO.

Just check out the conversation about Ab Eterno -- in particular, the discussion about whether or not the Priest was acting heretically or not. I think a good point was made by a user vis a vis using that adjective in the description -- and that use of such an adjective would be helpful for a reader unfamiliar with key tenets of the Catholic faith. But rather than this being considered rationally, a rather nasty little interchange followed. (I had a point too, but I'm not even bothering to put it in after my interactions with that Jim in Georgia.)

I haven't made this comment on the page because I am done, done, done with Lostpedia until there is a bit more policing of the police. I don't want to happen to me what has happened to others. I'll still look at it, but honestly I now have lost respect for the content as well, based on what I see happening behind the scenes.

I find Lostpedia most useful when it allows more than just a 'factual' regurgitation of an episode -- Lostpedia is at its strongest when it is bringing the richness of the world to life, footnoting or in other ways mentioning all of the artistic and religious works and symbols found in this amazing show.

If you do decide to remind all of the Admin folks how to play in the sandbox with others, I'd consider returning.--Cfcincalifornia 00:46, April 5, 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for your comments. I took a look at the discussion for Ab Eterno, I didn't see the exchange to which you are referring. Can you provide a specific example?
I agree that Lostpedia is best when ideas flow freely. People can disagree without being disagreeable. --Admin 01:05, April 5, 2010 (UTC)

This is just one example, but the one that made me feel "Enough!"

As I noted before, I do agree with one of the folks (Jack something or other) that it would be useful to indicate that he (the Priest) is making a statement opposed to standard doctrine by somehow noting it in the epi description; possibly as simply as inserting the world 'heretical' as an adjective when describing his statement, or footnoting this -- whatever! I'd be flexible. I'd also like to call attention to the fact, again, possibly in a footnote or some appropriate section, that the Priest's action in this regard parallel his other conduct, such as taking Richard's Bible, exchanging Richard for money, etc. The latter is also a visual Judas reference as the scene shows the priest accepting a small bag of coin in exchange for Richard.

Anyway I think that this is just one of the less offensive examples of the various degrees of pettiness that I see in the Talk pages. It seems like folks are getting awfully wedded to policy, at the expense of rich content. People are approaching others with policy held high like a hammer, rather than with open minds and a willingness to seek compromise. I think that this is a pity, as I feel that the Lostpedia will suffer in quality as a result, as folks like me who don't want to do the unpleasant internet fighting thing will opt out.--Cfcincalifornia 04:54, April 5, 2010 (UTC)

Sysop count

We seems to be low on sysops. Sam and CTS haven't edited since just after the new season. Blue Eagle Islander and Plkrtn don't come on that much. You and Mr. Leaf just come on when you feel like it. Jabberwock, Robert K S, and the recently promoted Jim in Georgia are the only regular users, and now Jabberwock's starting to go MIA. And spoilers are roaming in the user blogs. Is it just me or do we have a sysop shortage? cgmv123TalkContribsE-mail 01:12, April 5, 2010 (UTC)

Issue with infobox

Why, for when episodes contain flashforwards and flashsideways, was it changed to "Flash-forward" and "Flash-sideways"? (Kdc2 20:24, April 6, 2010 (UTC))

User Brandonut

Did you receive my email? --LOST IN TIME 01:20, April 7, 2010 (UTC)

I need serious help

I cannot create a blog page. ive done nothing wrong but when i try it says: sorry, your edit could not be saved (223). what does this mean? can you help me? please try to contact me. Lockerocklocke 16:24, April 9, 2010 (UTC)

  • You should be able to create a new blog towards the end of the day today. Lostpedia has enacted measure so that new users must wait for four days before they can post a new blog. You should be set by tomorrow, without the error message. You can practice setting up the blog by editing it onto your user page, then upload it later, once you've passed the four day waiting period. Best Regards, BMetcalf82 16:30, April 9, 2010 (UTC)

Spoilers on lostpedia answers

Hi, I think we need to seriously look at disabling the "lostpedia answers section", or at least remove the panel that appears on the main page of Lostpedia. This allows anyone at all to anonymously put spoilers right on the front page of the lostpedia. There have been a couple of ( presumably) fake spoilers about the finale already, there's one up there now. It wouldn't hurt to disable lostpedia answers completely, most of the questions are of very low value. Beelzebubbles101 00:55, April 14, 2010 (UTC)

New Zealand airdates

Hey, Recon aired a long time ago over here. Happily Ever After is next to air. Could you update that?

LockerockLocke got banned for no reason at all!

i was reading lockerocklocke's blog page and the user lionofdharma reported to Blue Eagle Islander that there was a spoiler even though lockerocklocke was just stating his theories. this is totally not fair to lockerocklocke and i think that you should un-ban lockerocklocke and talk to lionofdharma for what he did. thank you for being considerate Johnistrippin 16:50, April 16, 2010 (UTC)

Answered Questions

As is the nature of lost, most episodes of the first 5 seasons asked more questions than they answered, hence the section on each episode page: Unanswered Questions. However I have felt that this season, while not completely dispensing with the insatiable need to present questions, has certainly been a season of answers, so much so that some of the 'Unanswered Questions' sections seem to be really scrapping the barrel to fill the section. I think the time has come for the Episode pages to include an 'Answered Questions' section as well. This could even be back tracked to include historical episodes, so that we have a reference section of which questions each episode answered.--Azza26 13:11, April 17, 2010 (UTC)

This idea has already been suggested. Please see here for the discussion, and feel free to add your opinion there.--Baker1000 13:15, April 17, 2010 (UTC)

Users posting spoilers on multiple pages

Yes A user came into the blog pages today and wreaked havoc on all users on site at the time. MULTIPLE pages were vandalized with posting of unsolicited spoilers. VERY UNCOOL. I come here often and this is first time I've seen such egregious behavior. I got MAJORLY spoiled for doing nothing more than reading a few blog posts. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE... can SYSOP do ANYTHING between now and end of season to prevent another wave of spoiler-happy vandals from ruining the show for everyone?? I saw suggestion for SYSOP to lock all new users from posting any comments for 21 day trial period. I SECOND THAT MOTION. DO IT !! If not I will probably stay off the LP until after the Finale. LostFreak408SJ 00:32, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

Yes I second this. Given the very determined attempt by one character who managed to have a totally inappropriate username, which itself prevented sensible reporting otherwise the spoiler simply got replicated, I would say that a blanket ban for the next 21 days would be the most sensible thing to do. It is not all that long, and it would stop the problems. I know it sounds draconian, but after last night, a lot of people who have invested six years of their lives in working up to this point could well have the final moments of their experience destroyed through the idiotic actions of one moron.--Sean Sheep 09:42, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

NoI strongly oppose this. As a new editor who has made a least a few substantive contributions and was thinking of posting up a blog of my own theories before the end of the show, I think the suggested policy's heavy-handed, cold-hearted and wrong-headed. Mr. Freak himself says the behavior was exceptional and the work of a single poster with a blatantly trolling username, then proposes policy to keep out all of us newcomers returning to the show as it wraps up. -Izzieliu 11:31, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

ReplyYes Enact proposal We could have it not affect blogs. Scratch that, blogs are the problem. If the policy as proposed is enacted, you would be able to begin editing the Friday before the Sunday Finale. This was used last year with great success. cgmv123TalkContribsE-mail 11:38, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
Yes - I think I got spoiled last night. We need to go into finale lockdown right this instant. The blogs are the biggest problem at the moment.--Baker1000 12:12, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

The outrage over the spoilers posted last night are totally justified. However, I guess I'm not understanding the outcry to limit all new users because of ONE bad apple. There are numerous new users with sincere respect for thoughtful theories and ideas expressed on LOSTPEDIA. Many have shared their own thoughts and theories and personally, I believe they add value to the principle of LOSTPEDIA. PLEASE,punish the offenders and not the entire "new user" population. Another suggestion/solution that may be more prudent here as we come to a close of the LOST series, is a vigilence in monitoring the blogs for inappropriate postings from those intent on violating the principles and rules clearly outlined. Understanding, this can be time-consuming, there are several here that spend their time in a value added manner that could assist in the task of monitoring and quickly responding to offenders. Please seek out solutions that punish those deserving the accountability of their actions vs. limiting the exposure and contributions of those truly respecting the the value of the LOSTPEDIA experience.

ReplyYes The proposed block would not affect anyone that already has a registered user name even if it was created yesterday or even today. So anyone already contributing to the wiki could continue as normal. We need to block any NEW users between now and Finale to prevent such spoiler activity from folks that come on here with malicious intent to wreak havoc on our site. Unfortunately there is no other way to prevent this. I wish it was as easy as only punishing the guilty, but unfortunately by the time admin can act to ban them the damage is already done. You can't "unspoil" someone once it is posted. LostFreak408SJ 16:26, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

My apologies, I forgot to sign my post's my signature Just Sayin' 12:42, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

No This is a technical and administrative issue that the sysops should be able to manage. To lock down a Wiki entirely for new users defeats the purpose of a wiki. Many current contributors are new members. I know how cross people who saw the malicious spoiler must be - I was here for a good part of yesterday but didn't see anything, but those who did suffered the equivalent of a real world assault. Sadly there are (expletive not used) around and locking everyone out will not protect us, we must be vigilant and proactive and laugh in these people's faces realizing that they are the ones who are sick.    Charles Kane     talk  contribs   email   14:40, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

Yes x infinity. Also, Charles Kane, how could blocking everybody out not protect us? —   lion of dharma    talk    email   14:45, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

  • the mindset of the jailer/prisoner is how. When we have to tar everyone with the same brush we create more fear and more anger. (so while we may offer some protection for this site we don't offer protection in the long run) We have a mechanism to deal with bad people and plenty of sysops to do it. Further, and what I forgot to say above, is that although a lot of contributions are being made by very new people (and isn't that great!) we also have a bunch of terrific very active regulars who spend long hours here and should be able to jump on this sort of stuff pretty quickly.    Charles Kane     talk  contribs   email   14:56, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

*I do NOT appreciate having a signed post deleted by Destinedjourney. please do not do this - you may not edit in a talk page. If you disapprove of something, go to my talk page and berate me there. all fixed.   Charles Kane     talk  contribs   email   15:34, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

Yes While this was just one person, the likelihood of it being repeated is strong as the finale gets closer. Anyone new to LP would need at least 3 weeks to read through the episode/theory/discussion pages anyway before blogging so as not to repeat what has already been covered.--Destinedjourney 15:09, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

Yes It's a policy that's been enacted for previous season finales, not in reaction to any particular spoiler posters, but as a preventative measure. Sure, it was only one person yesterday, but one person can ruin the whole Lostpedia experience for a lot of people in just minutes. It's a temporary measure that will greatly enhance the security of this site while it matters, and be only a minor inconvenience to new users, as they will be allowed to post after the finale. --Celebok 16:29, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

Yes If someone is determined to repeat what occurred yesterday, there is no way sysops and admins can react quickly enough to reverse the damage, 24/7. If no proactive action is taken to prevent it, then a repeat of yesterday is just as possible right now as it was a day ago. Even as we speak someone out there who is inclined to vandalize by posting spoilers is reading this discussion and planning their attack. Hatchbanger 16:35, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

Yes We are much too close to the finale to have it ruined by a few immature jerks. A brief restriction on new users posting is the best way to combat this issue. Three weeks without posting won't be that miserable for them.--Ron Fett 17:25, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

  • Comment - Look, the way I see it is, we do this every year. We started it with Season 4, but by that time it was too late for me because I read on this very site that Locke was in the coffin. We managed to start it before any major spoilers about the finale got posted last year, so I was able to enjoy a spoiler-free ending. This year, when the finale finished filming, someone asked a SysOp if we could start thinking about enforcing the lockdown again this year, but I don't think we got any response and then last night happened. Luckily, the only spoiler I read was from the next episode, so I don't know how much more was posted after that. Now we have a reason to go into lockdown, but for many of us the damage has already been done. We just need to prevent it from happening to anyone else. I know it takes away from people who actually want to contribute, but I'm sure they will appreciate reading a site with no spoilers more than editing a site full of them. This is not going to be a one time event if we don't enforce some kind of preventive measure. It has worked well in the past, so anyone who is complaining about spoilers being posted should support it. If I had my way, we would do away with the blogs altogether because that's where the problem lies now, but obviously we aren't going to do that. I think we should at least remove blog comments from appearing in Recent Changes, which is how someone like me, who rarely ventures into the blogs, read the spoiler last night. Right now I'm just clicking "exclude namespace" on blog comments every time I visit Recent Changes, but the problem is just that, every time because it is not permanent.--Baker1000 19:49, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
  • Yes As a user who has made many edits on this site I find what is happening now to be absolutely insane. For all the years that ive been on this site ive never seen a wave of new users make so many unproductive edits. This issue will not only resolve the spoilers but all the people who have lately refused to aknowledge policies. This does not mean I am accusing all new users of being unproductive I was once a new user (obviously). People who like to make this wiki better should not be subjected to viewing spoilers because a couple of clowns have nothing better to do. If you are a new editor who did nothing wrong tough luck, weve done this before and we should do it again. -- B1G CZYGS  Talk  Contribs  19:58, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

Bible page edit

Hello. I made and edit on the "Bible" page. I added the heading "Psalm 23". What I'm wondering now is if it is a Season 6 spoiler. If it is, can you go ahead and delete it? I know that Jack being #23 is revealed on "The Numbers" page, so I really think it's ok. Thanks. Ricklee64 17:41, May 17, 2010 (UTC)

Internet Law

The Internet and Information Society

Jo Glanville, editor of the Index on Censorship, states that "the Internet has been a revolution for censorship as much as for free speech".[32] International, national and regional standards recognise that freedom of speech, as one form of freedom of expression, applies to any medium, including the Internet.[8] The Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996 was the first notable attempt by the United States Congress to regulate pornographic material on the Internet. In 1997, in the landmark cyberlaw case of Reno v. ACLU, the U.S. Supreme Court partially overturned the law..[citation needed] Judge Stewart R. Dalzell , one of the three federal judges who in June 1996 declared parts of the CDA unconstitutional, in his opinion stated the following:[33]

The Internet is a far more speech-enhancing medium than print, the village green, or the mails. Because it would necessarily affect the Internet itself, the CDA would necessarily reduce the speech available for adults on the medium. This is a constitutionally intolerable result. Some of the dialogue on the Internet surely tests the limits of conventional discourse. Speech on the Internet can be unfiltered, unpolished, and unconventional, even emotionally charged, sexually explicit, and vulgar – in a word, “indecent” in many communities. But we should expect such speech to occur in a medium in which citizens from all walks of life have a voice. We should also protect the autonomy that such a medium confers to ordinary people as well as media magnates. [. . .] My analysis does not deprive the Government of all means of protecting children from the dangers of Internet communication. The Government can continue to protect children from pornography on the Internet through vigorous enforcement of existing laws criminalizing obscenity and child pornography. [. . .] As we learned at the hearing, there is also a compelling need for public educations about the benefits and dangers of this new medium, and the Government can fill that role as well. In my view, our action today should only mean that Government’s permissible supervision of Internet contents stops at the traditional line of unprotected speech. [. . .] The absence of governmental regulation of Internet content has unquestionably produced a kind of chaos, but as one of the plaintiff’s experts put it with such resonance at the hearing: “What achieved success was the very chaos that the Internet is. The strength of the Internet is chaos.” Just as the strength of the Internet is chaos, so that strength of our liberty depends upon the chaos and cacophony of the unfettered speech the First Amendment protects."[34]

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Declaration of Principles adopted in 2003 makes specific reference to the importance of the right to freedom of expression for the "Information Society" in stating:

We reaffirm, as an essential foundation of the Information Society, and as outlined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; that this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. Communication is a fundamental social process, a basic human need and the foundation of all social organisation. It is central to the Information Society. Everyone, everywhere should have the opportunity to participate and no one should be excluded from the benefits of the Information Society offers."[35]

According to Bernt Hugenholtz and Lucie Guibault the public domain is under pressure from the "commodification of information" as item of information that previously had little or no economic value, have acquired independent economic value in the information age, such as factual data, personal data, genetic information and pure ideas. The commodification of information is taking place through intellectual property law, contract law, as well as broadcasting and telecommunications law.[36] [edit] Freedom of information Main article: Freedom of information

Freedom of information is an extension of freedom of speech where the medium of expression is the Internet. Freedom of information may also refer to the right to privacy in the context of the Internet and information technology. As with the right to freedom of expression, the right to privacy is a recognized human right and freedom of information acts as an extension to this right.[37] Freedom of information may also concern censorship in an information technology context, i.e. the ability to access Web content, without censorship or restrictions.[38]

Freedom of information is also explicitly protected by acts such as the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of Ontario, in Canada.--THE SOURCE 03:00, June 5, 2010 (UTC)

When will THE SOURCE/LOSTINTIME (as they are the same person) actually get it? This is a privately owned site and as such there is no right to free speech on it. Wikia and Lostpedia is not the Government. If THESOURCE and LOSTINTIME (two personalities in one body) wants to make death threats on the creators of Lost, he can set up his own site for it and wait for the police to come and arrest him there. They both/He have/has the freedom to access this content at any time they/he wants, they just cannot use the site for editing and ranting purposes because the abuse they angled at other users and the creators of Lost meant they lost those privileges. *sigh* -- Plkrtn  talk  contribs  email  13:31, June 5, 2010 (UTC)
Reply That's why this sentence needs to be added to the disclaimer and/or the terms of use. "You agree to abide by all the rules set by the commmunity, written and unwritten. Failure to do so may lead to a temporary and/or permanant ban". I'd run this by a lawyer first, but this should free us from all legal retaliation/liability from banning. cgmv123TalkContribsE-mail 13:36, June 5, 2010 (UTC)


You rule man! Um I have a question. Should Penelope Widmore's page say that she was most likely reunited with Desmond, as Hurleyplanned to send him home to his family. Or does that belong on the theories page? Please reply! Ocie14 22:22, June 12, 2010 (UTC)


I was wondoring if you could make an anouncement and promote the LOST convention some fans are making "Island Con". They also need sponsors. Heres the site [8]

Hope you can promote it so people know about it. Or else there might not be a LOST convention.

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hey dude,I have a wiki of my own and ill like to know how you managed to put that big image on the top of the wiki. and I'll like to know how to create templates,because I saw the template tutorial on wikia,but is too complicated.


I have never posted you a message before, so firstly I have to say thank you for creating this place.

But what I wanted to ask you, is doesn't the new Wikia owned Lostpedia sadden you at all? Not sure if you have ever checked out, or even care about the blogs, but they used to be a huge part of man hundreds of people's Lostedia experience. They have systematically been destroyed over the last few months. It may be a small part of the community, but it is still part of it... doesn't the breakdown of the blogs sadden or disappoint you in any way? Thats what I'd really like to know.

I wish LP was still independant. But keep up the good work nevertheless, and thanks for your time --DaemonRising 06:17, August 21, 2010 (UTC)


I read some of your forums about spiders on arachnoboards and I wonder if you like insects to? I was just wondering because I have a wiki about bugs including isopods, insects, and arachnids. --Firedragon says that Viridis says: Hi. 01:58, October 12, 2011 (UTC)

Question About Edits

Hello, I recently made my first "Edit" to the "Regularly Talked Phrases"(sp?). But I didn't sign off on the edit, and I'm not sure how. My specific edit was (1) phrase in (2) different areas. "I feel like that happened 100/1,000 years ago." -- Said by Jack I believe beginning in the 5th Season. He says it at least 4-5 times. I feel it's significant because it relates to "time" and also he's mentioned it in different time periods during the shifts. I added it to the long alphabetized list, and also, to Jack's specific phrases list on the bottom. Let me know if I did it right or how to sign off on edits! Appreciate any advice, this page is awesome but I am very new to Wikis. TheWhispers (talk) 15:30, May 22, 2015 (UTC)TheWhispers

Request for Admin Rights

Hello! I was wondering if there was an admin request form, as I would like to become an admin. I am currently an admin on 14 different Wikia's, 3 of which are in the top 100 Wikia's. Thank you. Jdastur (talk) 02:58, December 24, 2015 (UTC)

Hi there, I work with composer Michael Giacchino and we would like to change the photo to his wiki page because Google is pulling from this site for his image. This is outdated, and I can provide a new one. Please advise. Maria Giacchino littlejacket@mac.comMaria Giacchino (talk) 20:48, January 23, 2016 (UTC)

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