Xing Li

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Name: Xing Li
Type: webmaster, developer, archivist, fan writer[1]
Fandoms: The X-Files, general
Communities: FanFiction.Net, FictionPress, The Definitive X-Files Source
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Xing Li is the founder of FanFiction.Net. The site was developed while he was a student at UCLA and opened on October 15, 1998.

A FanFiction.Net staff get-together in December 2000. Xing is in the back, on Santa Claus's right.[2]

He had previously created the X-Files fansite The Definitive X-Files Source, in July 1998.

A 1998 self-description:

Founder/Master Chef Xing Li xi[...] est. 1998. Shameless resume plug : the master chef of the site, xing li, is fresh off college and is currently seeking a creative design/lead position involving transformation of real-world and human applications to the digital platform. bringing more than 4 years of in-field experience in internet application design with an eye for blending technology and human usability. for more information please email xi[...] non-tech firms are welcomed.[3]

Laura Hale wrote in 2007:

Xing hasn't been heard from in years according to the former [] staff members I've kept in contact with. The speculation I had was that users were just so nuts. I heard speculation from others that it was probably because he was hiding from intellectual property owners. [...] The speculation as to why is fun. But back around 1999 to 2001, he used to be on AIM and ICQ pretty frequently, would answer e-mails if you e-mailed him at the right address. I think the last person to hear from him that I know was part of the fan type staff was back in 2003.[4]


  1. Fan History Wiki's Xing Li article states: "Xing Li has written some fan fiction. It was largely based on dream sequences he had. This was written around 1999, 2000. It was never published on FanFiction.Net." (added 21 July 2007 by Laura).
  2. Image caption at Fan History Wiki's Xing Li article: "Xing Li, the site founder, is the Asian guy in the back," (added 21 July 2007 by Laura). Its FanFiction.Net article states: "Xing Li, the site founder, is the young man on Santa's right." (added 28 June 2006 by Laura, caption modified 07 May 2009 by Tikatu). File page WebCite.
  3. Quoted at The Annex Reviews, 4/14/02 ,, April 14, 2002
  4. partly_bouncy, comments on A look at some fandom based money numbers, post at Fanthropology, 26 June 2007 (WebCite)