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, 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". 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. The site was created and is run by Jason Scott.
The site went online in 1998, and as of 2005[update] had collected 58,227 files. As of 2017[update] the site was averaging 350,000-450,000 unique visitors per month. 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.
- Haynes, Gavin (5 February 2017). "Net nostalgia: the online museums preserving dolphin gifs and spinning Comic Sans". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
- Scott, Jason. "T E X T F I L E S D O T C O M". textfiles.com. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
- Nickell, Joe Ashbrook (1 March 1999). "Return of the Living BBS". Wired Magazine. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
- Scott, Jason (18 June 2013). Open Source Bridge 2012 Keynote - Jason Scott (YouTube video). Open Source Bridge. Event occurs at 6m36s. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
- Scott, Jason. "TEXTFILES.COM File Statistics". textfiles.com. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
- Scott, Jason [@textfiles] (19 Nov 2017). "I hadn't run webalizer against http://textfiles.com for, it looks like, 3-4 years. Finally did it - the site averages 350,000-400,000 unique users a month. Most want sex files and a PDF on the IBM Selectric Typewriter" (Tweet) – via Twitter.