Philedom

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Synonyms: X-Files Fandom, xf fandom
See also: The X-Files, X-Phile, Shipping,
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Philedom is a term that is still used to refer to the X-Files fandom in general. It's usually used by X-Philes.

XFilesNews is the fandom's main news website.

The X-Files was the first internet-based fan base of the '90s, undoubtedly the forerunner to how we discuss and debate our favorite television shows online today.From The X-Files: A History of the Fandom by Matt Allair
The X-Files stands in a unique place in the world of fandom. While it is certainly not the first property to have a rabid fanbase, The X-Files premiered right around the time that the internet was becoming readily accessible. Because of that, it gave birth to a new type of fandom, with a new vocabulary and a new way of existing.From How The X-files Helped Shape Modern Fandom — Including Shipping by Alyse Wax

History

The term probably originated at the alt.tv.x-files usenet discussion group where one of the earliest usages of the term was on April 26th 1994 by Kevin Roberson in a reply to Paula J. Vitaris [1]

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  1. https://groups.google.com/d/msg/alt.tv.x-files/7oENuntynig/JagR6pzzmQgJ