|Date(s):||1994 - present|
|URL:||ATXC on Google Groups|
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Partner to alt.tv.x-files, alt.tv.x-files.creative (ATXC) is a usenet group dedicated to X-Files fanfiction. Authors can post directly to the newsgroup or have their fic automatically forwarded there by certain mailing lists. Depending on the author's wishes, the fic posted to this group may be picked up and archived by Ephemeral and/or Gossamer.
ATXC is unmoderated and a fairly relaxed community. Along with fanfic, users discuss fic, post feedback, story recommendations, fic challenges, requests for forgotten stories, and website announcements.
This community, a hub for online posting, ebbed and flowed with the amount of certain genres of fiction and reactions to that fiction..
Like any community, ATXC has had its problems, such as sockpuppets and unwanted lampooning of other people's fanfic. The posting of X-Files RPF, or "actorfic" as it was known then, also caused a brief stir in the late nineties; anyone posting it to the newsgroup found their stories attacked, and as a result it was generally understood that RPF was not welcome there. Even with RPF becoming more accepted with the rise of popslash, ATXC's anti-RPF attitude hasn't changed.
Some individuals also voiced concern about the amount of R and NC-17 fanfic being posted to the group, leading to the creation of alt.tv.x-files.creative.mature in 1999. Though this accommodation wasn't to stop explicit fiction from being posted to ATXC, but rather to allow people to go straight to the "smut," as it was affectionately called.
Around 2000, the majority of the fiction-related discussion in the community moved off of ATXC, and over to the Idealists Haven message boards.In 2001, a fan commented that there had been a lot more slash recently posted to alt.tv.x-files.creative. Another fan responded:
There's really no more than there ever was. It's just that since Down In The Basement (the main slash archive) implemented the option to submit to atxc (as well as DITB) that slashers are choosing to post here more often. For a long time, slashers were actively discouraged from posting here, mostly by fellow slashers who had been burned here or knew someone who had been burned here, and that's why we didn't see so much of it. This cycle had become so entrenched that many newer slashers didn't even know what atxc was, they had become that removed from "mainstream" XF fandom. 
Conflicts, Wank, and Discussion
- X-Files RPF
- Noromos vs MSR vs slash
- Ordover Wars
- The Wicked X Witches of Badfic Punishment
- fanfiction discussion: general and about specific stories
- episode reviews and discussion