Xing Li

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Name: Xing Li
Alias(es): Diego Montoya, YosemiteSam [1]
Type: webmaster, developer, archivist, fan writer[2]
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. He and several people, including some UCLA students, developed the site in fall of 1998.

A 1998 self-description:

Founder/Master Chef Xing Li xi[...]@fanfiction.net 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[...]@fanfiction.net. non-tech firms are welcomed.[3]

Xing Li was an X-Files fan. His first fanwork, created just months before FanFiction.net, was The Definitive X-Files Source, a website that was a resource about the show. In his posts there, he makes several comments about his upcoming new, bigger project, FF.net.

A very early "About Us" page for "Fanfiction.net" lists Xing Li as a "starving student," some of his hobbies and favorite music, and more. [4]

Many fans today find Xing Li to be a mysterious figure as his internet footprint is almost non-existant and in recent years, does not reveal a robust online persona. A fan in 2012 wrote: "It's funny - people complain (wank) about different AO3/DW/LJ people, but there's been no "human" face to ff.net. Something to think of when people write the anthromorphic archive slashfic." [5]

But Xing Li used to be quite approachable and present in his communication with fans. Up until 2006, he included his personal email on all posts and forms, and in the very late-1990s and early 2000s, encouraged fans to email him directly so that he could fix problems. [6] At some point around 2003 or 2004 or so, Xing Li stopped responding to emails asking for technical help, but instead appeared to fix the problem (or not) without further communication. [7]

Xing Li also was fairly chatty in his public posts on his two websites. At his 1998 website The Definitive X-Files Source, he talks about The X-Files, his excitement about his new site Fanfiction.net [8], having a bad cold, and being a student at UCLA. In posts at Fanfiction.net, he talks about many things, including backpacking, physical ailments, his mother's cooking, his admiration for professional women's soccer, his support of the UCLA Bruins, and other topics. Xing Li's infectious enthusiasm and almost supernatural energy and dedication to his work at FF.net is apparent in many, many posts on FF.net's updates: Old News: August 1999-February 2001, as well as to his numerous posts to various Usenet groups [9]

Xing Li's name was at the bottom of blog posts until 2014, but all blog posts have since ceased. [10]. [11]

References

  1. About Us
  2. 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." by Laura).
  3. Quoted at The Annex Reviews, 4/14/02 , alt.sex.stories.gay.moderated, April 14, 2002
  4. About Us
  5. Re: Who actually runs Fanfiction.net? , comment at Fail. Fandom. Anon., July 12, 2001
  6. There are numerous messages posted by fans on FanFiction.Net Rants that attest to this.
  7. Laura Hale wrote in 2007: "Xing hasn't been heard from in years according to the former [FanFiction.net] 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." -- partly_bouncy, comments on A look at some fandom based money numbers, post at Fanthropology, 26 June 2007 (WebCite)
  8. "In the last online Poll many of you wanted a fanfiction section for my xfiles site. Guess what? XcelProductions has just acquired the rights to www.FanFiction.net! You know what this means. hehe...FanFiction.Net is currently under construction but expect a fully automated online system within a few weeks. It will cover fanfictions of all kinds but Xfiles would be THE feature. ;-) Suggestions to the functionality of the site is greatly appreciated. Email me at xing@ucla.edu for any comments/suggestions." --
  9. One example of a Usenet post at alt.tv.x-files: "Hi everyone, I'm very happy to announce that www.fanfiction.net is now officially open!!!!!! And we have done it 3 weekss ahead of projected finish date. While everyone trick-or-treated we were hard at working debugging the site. =) Here is what the site has to offer: [snipped] As far as we know this is the first and only fully automated fanfiction website where there is no waiting period for any and all changes/submissions. Everyone here at www.xcelpro.com is damn proud of our accomplishment. Actually, it's only the two of us..=) Well, enough of my talk..go see it for yourselves....Any and all comments are welcomed. Xing" -- www.fanfiction.net is now open!!, November 11, 1998
  10. blog posts with Xing's name
  11. A possible 2013 "sighting" of Xing Li on Usenet may be at First try at Persona and some feedback.