ok im new to all this but why does the compuss that richard gives to locke have an O on it instead of a W for west?? check out the picture on the compuss page.
And.... (lol) locke being special to the others and richard is a self fulfiling prophecy isnt it? he pops up in the 50's to richard, who dosnt know him, tells richard jacob sent him, gives him the compuss and as far as richard is concerned, locke is this special person that has knoweldge that he should not posess...so i would imagine that if locke keeps popping up in different time shifts, chasing richard down to find out how to save the island and the people on it, with various degrees of knowledge, then they are gonna consider him special...so locke has inadvertatly made himself special in the first place (although as at the time of the plane crash and meeting the others etc etc, he would not know this has happened) the others tell him he is special to them, (he has appeared to them in the past,) then he makes himself special to them as he time shifts on the island chasing richard to find out how to save everything!!!
well i have no idea if this is right, if i can post this here, or how this all works, but im glad i got it of my chest lol ( so sorry if im in the wrong place or have done something wrong)