I will update this as things change
I read through about 5 different LOST forums, and nearly every single one of them has 10 to 15 posts about the different websites associated with LOST and its probably a good idea to delete many of the duplicate threads that are currently running.
The main sites so far have been:
The official sites have the Disney Disclaimer: http://disney.go.com/corporate/privacy/pp_abc.html
Secondly, they will be hosted on one of Disney's WDIG Servers
(Walt Disney Internet Group) or the Seattle based Disney Worldwide Services,
Before you post, do a search
Ok so I figured I would throw together some quick links for those of you who are not uber-web savvy. These links will help you pull all of that readily available information about the site registrars and owners and where the sites are located. Everyone who "finds a new website" should run through these quick steps to determine if its something put up by fans who are getting in on the fun of LOST and its use of the web as an information dump.
1. The Whois database: http://www.whois.sc
is probably one of the better sites for looking up website registration records because it pulls from most of the current domain registrars, plus it pulls in locational data from ARIN as well. You can find out where a website is hosted (locality) and how many other sites are hosted on that server all in one page. It used to be that only one company (InterNic) could register a web domain, but this has since been changed and now there are a plethora of domain registrars out there.
Typical whois data looks like this:
See simple information about who the site is supposed to belong to. Now there is nothing that says that people wont put false information into their registration, technically this is illegal, but its not generally enforced unless someone is cybersquatting. Regardless, this should be your first course of action for checking out sites legitimacy.
Hopefully this will help clear up some of the “OH LOOK AT THIS WEBSITE IS IT REAL” threads that are cluttering up the boards.