Summary The Hanso Foundation is discussed for the first time. The group comment on how they visited for a PR stunt, and an email which has been circling around about a conspiracy theory. Fiberoptician seems to doubt the Foundation are actually involved in some corrupt practices.
Summary Alvar Hanso's photo on the Hanso website is addressed. The group also decide that their board needs to be password hidden, realizing that Hanso's logo and image is one of ying-yang;good and bad.
Subtext Alvar Hanso's photo was where Persephone hid one of her flash hacks on May 8th.
Summary DSLerator explains that the new "dog site" will soon be up, whilst the others talk about the new site's web design.
Subtext The "dog site" refers to the main ROT site, suggesting that the board was moved and given a cover blog to hide its threads. The "morphing logo" refers to the yellow logo that changes to red after logging in, and the entire flattery about the site could be an in-game shout-out to Hi-ReS!, the company which produced all Lost Experience sites.
Summary The Joop section of the Hanso site is discussed, while iobiSeeingYou defends the security of the site.
Subtext The discussion of Joop links to a Persephone hack which showed the Foundation taking over their regulatory body, the GWC. FiOS, also mentioned in the thread, is actually a product of the Verizon company, for which all four posters supposedly work for in the game.
Summary Mittelwerk's return to the Verizon office sparks debate amongst the workers.
Subtext DSLerator's link is in fact the old Hanso Foundation website. However, information from it is often considered "non-canon" and obsolete as it was produced long before the game's elements were finalized.
Summary Iobi points out the legal case surrounding the Bad Twin novel, as well as Hugh McIntyre and his appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Subtext The disclaimer Iobi refers to is in relation to the apparent legal battle of slander launched by the Foundation against the book. The mention of the photo concerns Hugh's image being removed from the site, after the explanation that it was actually of his predecessor (in reality, it was a stock photo used before the McIntyre role was cast).
Summary Fiber hints about a development involving Mandrake Wig.
Subtext Fiber clues to a newsletter release from ROT, which would give the first in a series of code words (which was BLOOD). Using these codes, one could unlock a letter concerning the Spider Protocol.
Summary The workers discuss what to do with all the word clues they have.
Subtext The four explain to use the words in sequence in a URL. They also mention that the password must be found independently. In reality, the password could be found on Rachel Blake's blog in tandem with the URL reveal.
Summary When a Mittelwerk video is posted on broadbandstories.com, the workers suspect BroadBandBeatnik might have betrayed them.
Subtext The Mittelwerk video on the site promoted broadband and all its benefits. It would later be learned that Beatnik was told to upload the video by Rachel Blake, in order to humiliate the Foundation (promoting broadband considering all the hacking troubles they were having).
Summary Now one member down, the group discuss changing their password, their departed poster, and Korean food.
Subtext Hoo-gonchoi is not actually a food, it actually relates to a Korean minister mentioned previously in the Lost Experience. The name was there as a password, and with it one could unlock a Rachel Blake video.
Summary DSLerator challenges BroadBandBeatnik once again with new evidence that he betrayed the group.
Subtext On broadbandstories.com, "taking the tour" led players through the site. Then, clicking and "listening" to the speaker revealed a glyph as part of the hansoexposed.com portion of the game. BroadBandBeatnik also implies that he uploaded the Mittelwerk video on behalf of Rachel Blake.
Summary With the Hanso Foundation's influence diminishing, Fiberoptician hints at further developments in Rachel Blake's investigations.
Subtext Fiber is actually hinting to the location of a new glyph. On broadbandstories.com, clicking the baseball and then the stands on the football stadium flash causes the spectators to hold up the new glyph code "QUARANTINE".