textfiles.com

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The front page of textfiles.com in 2004

textfiles.com is a website dedicated to preserving the digital documents that contain the history of the bulletin board system (BBS) world and various subcultures,[1] and thus providing "a glimpse into the history of writers and artists bound by the 128 characters that the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) allowed them".[2] The site categorizes and stores thousands of text files, primarily from the 1980s, but also contains some older files and some that were created well into the 1990s. A broad range of topics is presented, including anarchy, art, carding, computers, drugs, ezines. Freemasonry, games, hacking, phreaking, politics, piracy, sex and UFOs.[3][3] The site was created and is run by Jason Scott.

The site went online in 1998,[4] and as of 2005 had collected 58,227 files.[5] As of 2017 the site was averaging 350,000-450,000 unique visitors per month.[6] Most of the textfiles.com projects are "completionist" in outlook, attempting to gather as much information as possible within the decided scope.

The site also houses a number of sub-projects with their own hostnames. artscene.textfiles.com has a repository of computer art including crack intros, ANSI and ASCII art and other related documents; audio.textfiles.com has an archive of audio files, including prank calls, recorded telephone conferences with BBS owners and hacker radio shows; cd.textfiles.com contains an archive of 1990s shareware discs; web.textfiles.com contains files created after the Internet went into mainstream use, approximately 1995; bbslist.textfiles.com aims to be a comprehensive list of all historical BBSes; timeline.textfiles.com is meant to list all important events in the history of BBSes.

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