|Date(s):||20 September 2003 - present|
|URL:||crack_van on LJ|
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Crack Van is a multifandom recs community on LJ with the goal to pimp the featured fandoms to new fans through recs of fanfic and vids. It recruits members of a given fandom to create primers about a given fandom (typically, these describe the source and characters, popular pairings, and story types, and include recommendations for fanworks and gathering spaces for the fandom) and to post regular recommendations.
Thus, the first time a fandom is featured in the community it is introduced with an overview post intended to raise interest and help fans unfamiliar with canon to follow the recced fanworks. Some fandoms have a regular presence with monthly changing volunteers, other smaller fandoms are only featured for a limited time.
It recruits members of a given fandom to create primers about a given fandom (typically, these describe the source and characters, popular pairings and story types, and include recommendations for fanworks and gathering spaces for the fandom) and to post regular recommendations.
Crack Van is notable among reccing communities for being highly organized, high volume, and wide in scope.
The End of Crack Van
In November 2013, the crack_van mods announced that the community would shut down in January 2014:
After 10 years and nearly 25,000 recs, it is with mixed feelings that I announce crack_van's permanent closure in January 2014.
I know that this community has different meaning and purpose for many of our members, but I have always tried to stay true to its original purpose, of providing an easy introduction to new fandoms. This has become increasingly challenging with the migration of fandom to other platforms: many of the largest and most active new fandoms have limited visibility on LJ, and a good number of even our longest running fandoms have empty or near empty sign up sheets month after month.
This has not been an easy decision; over the past couple of years I've considered revamping the community in various ways, moving to another platform, etc., but ultimately I think any such change would only result in more fragmentation.
I want to thank everyone who has participated in any way over the past decade, especially those who have recced again and again, and pimped this community to others in their fandoms. There are too many of you to try to name individually, but your dedication has not gone unnoticed by anyone who frequents this community.I would also like to thank my co-mods, past and present, stopawhile and arsenicjade. I could not have asked for better partners and friends. 
Crack Van inspired communities
Crack Van also inspired the creation of fandom specific rec comms modelled after it, that for example may pimp different pairings and genres: