Yes, it's sadly true that twigged
, the founder of Crack Van, will close the site to new recommendations in January, after a last round of Small Fandoms month. Very sad because it is such an awesome site. It was obvious from the very beginning that she and the co-mods thought out the concepts and guidelines, so there was no confusion as to how it was run or how to post. Yet they remained flexible and open. I often saw someone ask or suggest something, which was always graciously received and often embraced.
The great news is that the site will remain up, so people can go back to it as a resource, and a very valuable one it is. Although my heart belongs to TS, I stray once in a while. Crack Van was my go-to place to find to find story gems in a new fandom or to read a fandom overview. From the comments, I wasn't the only person to do so. There's been an outpouring of thanks and praise, all of it well deserved. Here's the link to the announcement.
I'm wishing the mods past and present an enjoyable life filled with lots of goodies, as they deserve it for all the joy they've provided us.
I'd also like to thank everyone in our fandom who participated over the years. Perhaps you were the author or artist that wrote/drew/manipped/podficced such a work that a CV driver wanted to showcase it: thank you. Perhaps you were the person who mentioned a work that you enjoyed and why, which gave a CV driver a suggestion that they used during their turn on the van: thank you. Perhaps you ran a fandom challenge that produced some kick-ass works that then ended up at Crack Van: thank you.
Or perhaps you were brave enough to sign up to be a driver and took the time to learn how to code, how to count words, how to describe a work so you could entice someone to look at and enjoy it as much as you did: thank you most of all. We are a relatively small fandom, yet Sentinel was a one of the original "permanent" Crack Van fandoms ten years ago when TS was more active and stayed a permanent CV fandom right to the end, because of our dedicated volunteer drivers. Month after month, you stepped up to the plate, and we recommended over 900 works during our watch. It speaks to the love we have for our show. It makes me very happy.
(reposted from my journal)