I have made it my latest life mission to collect X-Files MSR fan fiction. To do this I import everything I want to read into a wonderful free ebook management program called Calibre. From Calibre I can generate lists of all fics under a certain tag… as long as I have a tag for a particular trope. Unfortuately I only began adding tags around a year ago, and some are only added when I get a request in, so a lot have been added retrospectively from memory. With my poor memory being the reason I started a database of fics to begin with, this means I’ll miss a few and get a few wrong now and again.
By generating these lists I’m making it more interesting for myself to go through and find all stories I can on a particular subject rather than plodding through over 6000 fics one after the other. I’ve only just started to add URLs to the database, which is a mammoth task in itself, and I’m finding that there are some stories that I just can’t find ever again. Every year we lose more wonderful archives, and there are some fantastic stories which disappear with them. I am hosting the occasional lost fic here, but only those which state they can be archived anywhere. When I get things more organised I will attempt to contact other authors of missing fics and see if they can also be resurrected.