Order of the Blessed Saint Scully the Enigmatic

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Name: The Order of the Blessed Saint Scully the Enigmatic (OBSSE)
Date(s): 1995 - present
Moderator: Autumn Tysko
Type: mailing list, website, social identifier, community
Fandom: The X-Files
URL: OBSSE Abbey: Home of the Order of the Blessed Saint Scully the Enigmatic, Archived version
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Order of the Blessed Saint Scully the Enigmatic was a mailing list, website, social identifier, and the basis for occasional conventions in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The primary basis for affiliation was an appreciation for Dana Scully, and in accordance with her background, the group used joking references to Roman Catholic religious orders. For example, see the group's name; also, members called one another "sistren," playing off "brethren" as used among societies of monks.

A great many in-jokes from OBSSE found their way into the general parlance of the fandom, by way of signature files appended to alt.tv.x-files and alt.tv.x-files.creative.

It had a monthly online newsletter called News for the OBSSEsed. It ran from 1997-2001.

Pronunciation

"How do you pronounce “OBSSE”? Any gosh-durn way you like. Autumn calls us “the obsess”, Rev Ma spells it out. The official answer is that you can say it either way and be correct. On the other hand, some Sisters and Brothers of the Order say it “OB-see” (“ob” like in “knob”, and “see” like, well.... “see”). Say it however you like to make yourself understood." [1]

Spin-offs

The Rogue OBSSE, or Rogues, were the black ops arm of the OBSSE. A radical splinter group, they were sometimes referred to as "the kitchen crew." Originally led by MYRKE, Punk M, never an official member of the OBSSE, took over leadership in June 1997.

About OBSSE

Welcome:
Welcome! You've successfully found the OBSSE Abbey, the virtual home of fun loving Scully fans worldwide. Our Brothers and Sisters are known to take a break from their work every so often and enjoy some quality time in the lounge, pool, or screening room. Visit us often for a laugh or to commune with your fellow Sisters and Brothers of The Blessed One.
Disclaimer:
DISCLAIMER: From time to time the OBSSE uses religious symbols and allusions. The Order, however, does not promote or subscribe to any particular religious faith or denomination (We leave that to the discretion of our individual members) nor is it the Order's intent to demean or challenge any particular religion or faith. The X-Files is owned by FOX. No copyright infringement is intended. In other words, it's a joke folks.
About the Elders:
The Order of the Blessed Saint Scully the Enigmatic (OBSSE) was founded in 1995 by fans of the FOX television show, "The X-Files" who enjoyed the wonderful and enigmatic character of FBI Special Agent Dana Scully. These avowed "Scullyists" led by Nancy (no clever sig) always knew that Agent Scully was virtually perfect, however, it wasn't until the Revelation of Saint Scully in the episode, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," that the Blessed One's divinity was truly revealed. From the Holy Words of St. Scully, we quote: Saint Scully: "So how do I die?" Clyde Bruckman: "You don't" A-HA!

Her divine nature was made known to X-Philekind! This, combined with her cosmic intelligence, strength of character, high moral standards (well... usually), unrelenting dedication to truth and justice, opposition to evil, loyalty, faith, compassion, professional dress and demeanor, and inexplicable unwavering friendship for one Fox Mulder has made her an exemplary role model for all.

Nancy (No Clever Sig) soon became known as the RevMa and the Order was born. Aided by co-leader Sister Autumn the OBSSE thrived and grew to encompass many websites, an active mailing list, and a chat room and now stands at well over 2000 Sisters and Brothers in over 25 different nations. Nancy Cotton retired from the Order in 1999. [2]
Some main OBSSE-ers:

OBSSE Leader

Name: Autumn Tysko
Duties: Admit new members, oversee and organize official chats, oversee and maintain mailing list, contribute to newsletter as needed.

Elder of Projects & Graphic Design

Name: Sister La..Dee..Da..
Duties: Lead and/or organizes OBSSE special projects (fundraisers, marathons, etc.), lead web site designer, maintains the Abbey library, contributes graphics to the newsletter, assists with chats and the mailing list administration.

Elder of the Newsletter

Name: Sister Paula
Duties: Newsletter editor for "News for the OBSSEsed", assists with chats and the mailing list administration.

Elder of Minion Relations

Name: Sister Lens-of-Science
Duties: Assists with membership issues, chats and the mailing list administration.

Elder at Large (aka Abbey Handyman)

Name: Brother Colin
Duties: Maintains the OBSSE Rules and Information site, makes one bad decision a year for the Abbey, and assists with chats and the mailing list administration.

Elderette of the Mailing List

Name: Sister Mary Greten
Duties: Keeper of the OBSSE Mailing List Rules and Official List Greeter. [3]

Community FAQs

FAQ, Archived version

Some examples:

There's homework on this list? What are you, nuts?

It all started during a bout of Rampant Pissiness on the list. As an expression of (good-natured) frustration, Autumn threatened to hand out extra homework as punishment if we didn't all pipe down and play nice. Homework assignments soon became a useful way of distracting us from tense or unpleasant exchanges. Soon, they became an Abbey staple, with or without preceding Rampant Pissiness. Homework assignments are always creative writing challenges, and are more like mini-fanfics than anything else. A topic or theme is announced, and the talented members of the mailing list do their best to top one another in crafting the most creative, bizarre, or funniest piece. Often, the assignments related to some element of an upcoming episode. Past topics have included: "Explain how Mulder could have forgotten he was a trained psychologist", "For some reason, Mulder swats Scully on the rear. Please tell the class why, and what her reaction is.", and "Explain why Scully calls Mulder 'Spookdaddy'. Extra credit if she's wearing capri pants". There's an archive of our answers to past homework assignments, if you're interested. [4]

Do the Rogues exist?

The Rogues of the OBSSE are rumored to be a militant offshoot of the Order. They allegedly demand a quality storyline for St. Scully, and are willing to take take up arms for the cause. They supposedly congregate in the kitchen at the Abbey, disguised as workers on the Kitchen Crew. I have heard, again it's only a rumor, that their combat boots and kevlar wimples are a dead giveaway. If you're really curious, I'd suggest doing a power search on Deja News for the ATX thread called "On the trail of the elusive Rogue OBSSE", written by the original Rogue Leader Myrke. If you're browser-impaired, just email me and I can try to dig up a copy to send you.

Where did "!Scully" come from?

This is a sort of shorthand for describing our favorite characters, depending on what they were doing (such as Action!Scully or Kickass!Scully). It's sort of a designation for hypothetical action figures. For more information on some of the Order's favorite hypothetical action figures, see the October 1997 OBSSE Newsletter Poll. [5]

Charitable Works

The Order's charitable work was for "NF, Inc.":
Our first NF fundraiser was held in December of 1997. It was a simple donation effort for the then fledgling Abbey, but we still managed to raise $2,175.36 with our efforts.

Then we got really serious. Every May, during Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month, we of the OBSSE now host Scully Marathons to benefit NF, Inc as our way of honoring Gillian Anderson for her wonderful work on The X-Files. These "Scullythons" as we call them are open to the public and held all over the world. They consist of watching as a group in most cases, between 10-12 "Scullycentric" episodes of The X-Files. People who attend are encouraged to make a donation themselves as well as getting others to "sponsor" them for the day.

In May of 1999 we had our first event of this kind. We held 16 events in four different countries and raised a total of $13,207.

The Mailing List

MAILING LIST NOW CLOSED: With 600 members and the end of the X-Files approaching the OBSSE mailing list is now closed to new members....

The OBSSE has a large and busy mailing list that has been in existence for about three years. Before you join our list in addition to reading the OBSSE FAQ you should read the mailing list rules. Since we have been around a while and many of us have even met each other in person, it is a good idea to spend a little time lurking and learning our ways before jumping into the fray. We think you'll enjoy it once you get the hang of it. It's a popular list at over 500 members and a list that prides itself on its humor and respectful behavior towards others. The mailing list is only open to those over the age of 18. If you are not over 18, do not join the list - after all we all know what The Blessed One thinks about liars, right? Our younger members are welcome in the Abbey (as long as you stick to the virgin Scullyritas in the lounge), but the mailing list is only for adults.

The list is a Scully list, not a Gillian Anderson list (though we do from time to time discuss her other acting projects) or a shipper/noromo/whatever list. It is used for general discussion of the X-files and Dana Scully, distribution of OBSSE news and information, and discussion of interest to the OBSSE community. It is administered by Sister Autumn (assisted in a technical capacity by Sister DanaMax) with the help of the other Elders. [6]

References

  1. FAQ, Archived version
  2. OBSSE Abbey: Home of the Order of the Blessed Saint Scully the Enigmatic, Archived version
  3. OBSSE Abbey: Home of the Order of the Blessed Saint Scully the Enigmatic, Archived version
  4. Similar to Senad.
  5. Actually, it was a poll in the September 1997 issue.
  6. OBSSE Abbey: Home of the Order of the Blessed Saint Scully the Enigmatic, Archived version