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1%%%˛%%%˛%%% Troping LMW's userbase is all fun and games, but in order to do that, you first need to cite something that either exemplifies or gives us further reading on what you're talking about. If you don't, your entry will be commented out until someone drops by and leaves a citation. Zero-Context examples will also not be tolerated.˛%%%˛%%%˛[[quoteright:350:]] ˛ [[caption-width-right:350:The modern logo of the wiki.]]The Lost Media Wiki is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin wiki that is dedicated to lost media]]. ˛˛Launched around 2012 by dycaite, it centers around cataloging movies, cartoons, TV shows, video games, specific filmed footage, notable works of fiction and other media that either have no known copies left, are otherwise impossible to find, or are just extremely rare. So in another way, it can also be seen as MissingEpisode / KeepCirculatingTheTapes, the website.˛˛Each lost media is in one of six categories of "lost-ness": whether it is completely out of reach for a normal person (lost), not confirmed to be real (existence unconfirmed), has been partially found ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin partially found]]/partially lost), was lost for a long time but finally found ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin found]]), or revealed that no production was started (non-existence confirmed).˛˛Although some media is considered hopeless to recover, there have been surprises in the history of the Lost Media community, with some efforts having come to fruition after either diligent research and negotiations or by the act of an AnonymousBenefactor. Many of such recovered works are often available for download or viewing on the website itself.˛˛That being said, while the Lost Media Wiki itself is unlikely to become lost media soon, there have been various concerns around the aforementioned recovered media. Since recovered media is commonly hosted on private, for-profit hosts (mainly [=MediaFire=]) that could go down with its hosted files at any moment, web archiving initiatives such as Wiki/ArchiveTeam collect copies of recovered media and keep them on hold until a host goes down.˛˛The website was originally based on Wikia, [[ but has now moved on to its own domain]].[[note]] The Wikia site is still up under the name ''Lost Media Archive''[[/note]]˛˛----˛!!Tropes:˛* AnonymousBenefactor: The ''Series/SesameStreet'' animated short ''Cracks'' (at the time known as "Crack Master") was one of the most sought-after pieces of lost media on the website, even becoming sort of an icon for the site. Years passed until, on the morning of Christmas 2014, the founder/administrator dycaite received a copy of the short in an email from an anonymous person.˛%%* AuthorAppeal: A large amount of the contributors are especially passionate towards {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} TV shows and cartoons from the late-90s/early-2000s, including the short ads, bumpers and transitions. Specifically, anything ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''-related becomes popular. Naturally, the most popular piece of lost media on the site was the elusive ''A Day With Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie'' (which was eventually proven as never having even been ''produced'').˛%%** Media related to ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' is also quite popular (although considering how ''massive'' the franchise is, this may just be a given).˛%%** Lost English dubs (and for a while, dubs in general) of foreign cartoons are a common subject of articles.˛%%** Shows made by [[WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine Britt]] [[WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie Allcroft]] are also popular. In particular, the lost scenes of ''Film/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad'' are something of a holy grail to contributors.˛* [[invoked]] DeletedScene: Most of lost media is either deleted footage or other elements from existing works that have not been released to the public.˛* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: When articles for the LMW first started being written, the titles weren't in the standard format [[note]]title of the work (status of "lost-ness" [see description], quick description of the work; year)[[/note]] and the titles would vary greatly until there was a rule of uniformity. This caused a lot of early pages to have ''tons'' of redirects.˛* GrandfatherClause: The Wiki has rules against including films that weren't put into any production. Normally, this would mean that ''[[;_2011) A Day with SpongeBob SquarePants]]'' wouldn't be allowed, but thanks to it bringing so much attention to the wiki (basically putting the site on the map), a decision was made to keep it.˛** All articles about non-English dubs were deleted because the wiki was starting to become sick of the enormous amount of articles written by people who didn't even speak the dub's language. Only two articles were grandfathered: Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s Japanese feed and the original Mexican dub of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.˛* HiddenInPlainSight: A few pieces of "lost" media have turned out to be this. For example, the infamous "Clockman" short that aired on ''Series/{{Pinwheel}}'' was eventually found by a user named Nitrate Nerd on Website/YouTube (albeit in the original Czech, though the English dub would turn up later) under the name "Sally".˛* [[invoked]] KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Some of the listed "lost media" could be better categorized as this. While it's possible that some people might have a copy, it doesn't mean that it's widely available. ˛* [[invoked]] MissingEpisode: The entire concept of the website is listing notable recorded content that has gone missing, whether it be old silent movies, TV show pilots, syndicated animated series, or video game prototypes.˛* MoeAnthropomorphism: [[ LMW-tan]], a girl in green and white (like the color scheme of the wiki) who was originally fanart, has now become its official {{mascot}}.˛* ObviousRulePatch: There used to be a ''massive'' amount of articles being written about foreign dubs of movies and cartoons, with most of them being authored by people who didn't even speak the dub's language (one especially infamous example was the article about the Albanian dub of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', which became the poster-child of pointless foreign dub articles). After the site got sick of them, a new rule appeared: lost dub articles will only be qualified if it's a form of English dub or the original language. Exceptions must be approved by an admin.˛* [[invoked]] WhatCouldHaveBeen: Some of the articles list projects that are not confirmed, completed works. Others are about alternate versions of some creations that are unavailable to the public.˛* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Under the wiki's guidelines, the term "lost media" is applied to pretty much any form of media that is not easily accessible to the public, not ''actually'' "lost" as in "destroyed/vanished" without any copies available. So you have content that ''is'' confirmed to still be out there, but not made available due to issues such as copyright.˛** A lot of cancelled projects are listed on the wiki, although it is not always specified what ''is'' lost, or if there was actually ''anything'' produced to be lost.


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