StackExchange continues to support TUG with corporate membership (many thanks). With that come eight individual memberships that can be given out to members of the community. The time has come to select our representatives for 2014. For reference, Eight top voted members during last year TUG Membership: Names for 2013 who have enjoyed TUG membership benefits
Following the model from previous years, I'd like to ask people to put themselves forward. There are no restrictions on standing other than having to be a member of the TeX StackExchange site: in particular, the existing 'representatives' are very welcome to put their names forward to continue. [Note: I've called the people we put forward 'representatives', but that's mainly because I can't think of a better term. Nominees should not feel the need to represent TeX-sx other than being members of the site and therefore interested in TeX in some way!]
The model for selection of representatives is as follows. We will have a two stage process, first 'nomination' then 'election'. The first phase runs for five days, until 1700 GMT on 2014-01-07. Each person who wishes to be considered should post an answer, where they can (if they wish) say what makes them a good choice. They should then immediately delete their answer.
The second phase will then begin. All of the answers will be undeleted, and everyone should take a look at these answers and vote for deserving candidates: remember there are eight places available! Again, there will be five days to vote, ending 1700 GMT on 2014-01-12. At that stage, the top eight names will be forwarded to the StackExchange community staff for notification to TUG.
In the event of a tie in number of votes, the mod team will decide which of the tied members are put forward to StackExchange. The mod team may also include additional names if at the end of the voting process there are fewer than eight nominees with positive scores.
At the end of the voting period, the tallies were as follows:
- Harish Kumar, 25
- Sean Allred, 20
- Ulrike Fischer, 18
- cgnieder, 18
- azetina, 17
- Torbjørn T., 17
- Henri Menke, 17
- morbusg, 17
- Fran, 16
- Stefan Kottwitz, 13
Our representatives for 2014 are therefore Harish Kumar, Sean Allred, Ulrike Fischer, cgnieder, azetina, Torbjørn T., Henri Menke, and morbusg. Congratulations!