The Cutting Board

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Journal Community
Name: The Cutting Board
Date(s): Created 2 August 2005 - Last updated 26 April 2010
Moderator: carolyn_claire, thepouncer
Founder: carolyn_claire
Type: fanfic discussion
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
URL: The Cutting Board (horrifically purged and deleted)

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The Cutting Board was a Livejournal community for readers to discuss SGA fanfiction.

The comm was active during the fandom's heyday, but only 24 posts were made, most in 2005-2006. A few very popular and/or controversial SGA stories were discussed here, generating further discussion elsewhere on Livejournal and raising the profile of the community.

The community itself was apparently the subject of wank soon after it was started.

Three years after "The Cutting Board" closed, a new community called The Comfy Chair was started. There were two entries for fic fandom discussion before it, too, closed.

This journal, tragically, is no longer online, closed and purged sometime in 2016 or 2017.


This community was created to encourage public discussion of stories written in the Stargate: Atlantis fandom. The point, here, is to share reactions, views and preferences--what we like in the stories we read and what we don't, and why. Don't let the name worry you; we're here to dissect and examine stories, not authors.[1]


The first substantive post on thecuttingboard was a discussion of Hindsight by Rageprufrock on 16 August 2005. A few days later, Rageprufrock wrote a (now locked) post expressing hurt about having her story cut to pieces and misinterpreted. It was excerpted on Metafandom: " Breaking the seal--fandom style. There's absolutely no mature way to put this, so I'm going to table this in terms that appealed to me between the ages of three and forever: Ow! Ow! I'm breaking my silence. // Nothing inspires a childish fit of rage faster than seeing something crafted over the period of weeks get torn to tiny, uninspired pieces, taken out of context, mauled by readers, and picked at--and have to gloss it over with a shiny, mature veneer. Outside, I'm holding my chin up high, smiling, and glowing in the Southern sun, and inside my head is a fucking ACDC concert: I'm busting eardrums and breaking expensive machinery." [2] The August 23 Metafandom roundup contains evidence of the fallout from her post. Most of these meta posts are now locked or deleted, but appear to address concrit, hurt feelings, the difference between feedback and discussion, and whether discussing other people's stories without permission is okay. The comm's mod wrote a post clarifying the purpose of the community.[3] narcissam posted the Fandom Wank report the next day.

At least one other post from thecuttingboard generated wank that made Fandom Wank: dkwilliams wrote a post called Ruminations on good manners [4] about politeness following a review of Take Clothes Off As Directed. The F_W post was "Why can't fandom *strike*get along*/strike* be polite?" "Oh? What do you mean by polite?", 2006-11-20.

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  1. Welcome, community overview and guidelines, admin post by carolyn_claire on 2005.08.03.
  2. August 23
  3. Admin: A little clarification, posted by carolyn_claire on 2005.08.23.
  4. Ruminations on good manners: archive link page 1; archive link page 2, Diana Williams (November 17, 2006)