Fans of the cult classic TV series, The X-Files, are pioneers when it comes to utilizing online spaces for fan purposes. The ‘90s were filled with Usenet chat rooms and fan-created webpages where people could pay homage to their favorite show and do so within a community of peers. Those fans in the ‘90s and early ‘00s planted seeds of appreciation that have resulted in contemporary fans learning how to navigate outdated platforms to pay their respects to the roots of their fandom. For X-Philes, trudging through archival sites has become a symbolic, initiatory rite, acknowledging the roots of fandom history to appreciate its influence on contemporary fandom. Through investigating how fans on new media platforms utilize preservation and dissemination practices, I examine how fans of The X-Files are embracing archival habits in order to preserve their fandom’s legacy.

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