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 2016. (See TUG Membership: Names for 2015 for last year's selection.)

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. 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!] There is no need to have any particular level of site reputation, TeX experience or wider 'reason' to put yourself forward other than an interest in TeX.

You may nominate others but the mod team will need confirmation from the nominee that they are happy before voting starts. The mod team will check this with any such nominees.

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 2100 GMT on 2016-02-01. 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. Please don't vote on any answers during this phase: any votes cast will be ignored.

In the second phase, 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 2100 GMT on 2016-02-06. 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.

Voting stage: Everyone is welcome to vote for as many or as few candidates as they wish. Remember that there are a total of eight places available to be selected. New nominations can be added during the voting phase.

At the end of the voting period, the tallies were:

There are exactly eight names here, so all will be sent to the StackOverflow staff to be forwarded to TUG.

  • 'Nomination phase' comments removed: please vote on the nominations now visible :-) (Thanks to all those whose suggested nominations, of course.)
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 22:28
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    Can I nominate Alenanno? I thought there was a nomination, but it seems I was confused.
    – cfr
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 2:39
  • @cfr Yep! You can. :D
    – Alenanno
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 16:44
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    Why we have only 7 nominations? I request people to nominate themselves so that we use all the slots available for us by stackexchange. Let us not waste the opportunity guys. Come on!
    – user11232
    Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 7:58
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    @HarishKumar: What about you? Do you have a membership already? ;-)
    – user31729
    Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 8:24
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    @HarishKumar Remember that the mod team reserve the right to add additional names to the list if there are spaces
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 8:32
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    Congrats everybody! I'm sure you'll love the TUGboat! :)
    – yo'
    Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 21:31
  • Thank you! :-)) Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 22:29
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    Thank you! I can not believe, that I receive 24 (as stated above)/ 25 (as I see at my answer) votes! Best regards to all!
    – Zarko
    Commented Feb 8, 2016 at 22:47
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    As of today, TUG has confirmed receipt of all of this year's representatives' information. Let me know if any problems crop up. Thank you all for being awesome, and enjoy!
    – Pops
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 0:33
  • @ChristianHupfer: Thanks. But I already had my chance. Let others take the benefit too. :)
    – user11232
    Commented Mar 27, 2016 at 3:26
  • @JosephWright: I remember :). Glad that all eight slots are filled and that too with awesome candidates. :)
    – user11232
    Commented Mar 27, 2016 at 3:26

8 Answers 8


As suggested by Ulrike I put my name on the list. I have been a member of dante for about 10 years and of tex.sx for 2 years. At the moment my main tags are the KOMA-Script ones. While I am answering a question I also use this example to test the beta version of KOMA-Script. I am also active in some German forums like TeXwelt.

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    Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 23:12

I'm honoured to have been hwyaden-nominated by Paulo. I am reluctant to take advantage of this since I have enjoyed the benefit of a subscription this year and think that others should have their turns. However, since barbara has urged me to put my name forward despite this, as there are more spots available than there are nominees. (Though I'm not sure this is a reason to give me a second turn.)

I enjoy reading TUG Boat and I would be very pleased to enjoy another subscription. However, I would urge that preference be given to those who have not received a membership before.

My most popular question is Why shouldn't I use getnonfreefonts to install additional fonts? Why shouldn't I use updmap when installing or removing fonts? and my answer to it is my second most popular.

That said, popularity is fickle and scarcely a reliable indicator of quality or, indeed, of seriousness. (The unconvinced should note my most popular answer before protesting this assertion.)

I have particular interests in support for 'traditional' TeX fonts, which can be used with engines such as TeX and pdfTeX, and in typesetting logic and tree diagrams.

I am the author of the following font support packages:

  • nfssext-cfr which extends the extension of the New Font Selection Scheme provided by Philipp Lehman as part of The Font Installation Guide. Several of my font packages use this to provide intuitive access to weights, widths, shapes and styles not supported out-of-the-box by the standard LaTeX-2e font commands. For example, \plstyle to switch to proportional, lining figures or \textsi{<text>} to typeset <text> in italic small-caps.

  • Three packages which extend or provide LaTeX-2e interfaces for fonts already distributed as part of standard TeX distributions:

    • cfr-lm which provides extended access to the Latin Modern fonts e.g. italic small-caps, alternative widths and weights, upright italic and all four styles of figures.
    • cfr-initials which provides LaTeX packages supporting access to the various decorative fonts provided by initials.
    • ebgaramond-maths which provides limited support for the use of EB Garamond 12 in maths mode and was originally a response to a question here.
  • Several packages which provide support for fonts from the Arkandis Digital Foundry (ADF), including type1 versions of the fonts themselves:

I'm currently working on three 'proper' LaTeX packages (i.e. not fonts), two based on forest and developed in response to questions here. Now the new version has been published to CTAN, I hope to update the code in my experimental versions and will upload prooftrees and justtrees as soon as I find the time to write documentation and the courage to do so.

Also, I sometimes use TikZ to draw cats and cauldrons. Though whether this is a reason to vote for me or against me, I can't really say.

TUG cats

[Code for this picture is around somewhere. Ask if curious and you can't find it. I now use a custom cat code TikZ library, but that's based on answers I've posted here somewhere.]

  • Cwac, said the hwyaden! :) Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 23:11
  • Cwac, cwacio ;) @PauloCereda
    – cfr
    Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 23:25
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    ooh \usetikzlibrary{cats} Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 17:23
  • @PauloCereda Actually, to be honest, it's \usetikzlibrary{cathod} but, yes, that's the general idea ;).
    – cfr
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 18:16

Yo', Egreg and Johannes B insisted to nominate myself. I am active on TeX.sx for five years, originally to find some help for my first LaTeX package biblatex-iso690, I was hooked since then. I happened to create some packages which are included on CTAN, most notably tex4ebook for TeX to ebook conversion and odsfile, LuaLaTeX package for reading OpenDocument Spreadsheet files.

My top voted answer is just an example from xcoffins manual, which confirms the fact that number of votes is inversely proportional to time and energy spent on an answer. Some more useful answers include Mathjax powered HTML from LaTeX siurce, semantic web in LaTeX, or optimizing set of images layout using Lua.

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    Woooohoooo too! Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 23:12
  • An example from a manual sounds pretty good. Did you check the link I gave to the answer of mine with most votes? If that doesn't convince people the numbers are meaningless, I figure nothing will.
    – cfr
    Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 23:31
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    Michal is also very active in dealing with tex4ht (htlatex), which is a very valuable contribution!
    – yo'
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 20:48

I propose my self. I'm LaTeX user since my degree project, long time ago, and I've been actively participating in this site and some other latex-related-lists like Cervantex, comp.text.tex, miktex-users, ...

Although I think that it is not my better answer, my most voted answer until now is How to prevent pgfplots from using the 10^n notation for axis ticks which shows that I'm good reading manuals ;-)

I don't plan to attend any TeX conference or writing any paper related, but I would like to be able to read some TUGboat on time and not next year.

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    Yaaaaaaaaay too! Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 23:11

As suggested by cfr and encouraged by Christian Hupfer and Paulo Cereda I put my name on the list.

First time I use LaTeX about 25 years ago when wrote an article for IEE conference. After than I use it on regular basis for writing articles, presentation, examines, expertise memos and text books. Recently I use TikZ with big joy in (re)drawing all my illustration. For my text books and Ph.D. thesis of my students I developed document classes. During this years I gain some experiences with LaTeX, which I glad to share with beginners. With this I become more active recent year also here, on SE. For me the SE I is rich treasure of knowledge, from which I learn a lot.

Regardless if I will elected or not, I will continue in my spare time with my activity on SE.

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    Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 23:11


This bloke. ^^

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    Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 16:54
  • Paulo, the spokesman of ... Alenanno/Alejandro :-P
    – user31729
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 17:12
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    @ChristianHupfer: Must... resist... singing... Lady Gaga's... song... :) Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 17:18
  • Cwac! @PauloCereda
    – cfr
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 18:15
  • Thanks to everyone. :')
    – Alenanno
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 8:33

I will nominate myself for a TUG membership. I am a member of GUST: http://www.gust.org.pl/ and this helps me to understand, how restricted is my TeX knowledge, but in the same time helps to push boundaries.

I would like to have access to current TUG articles, but TUG membership is rather expensive for me. Certainly, I can wait, but especially "TeX friends" need much time to be assimilated.

Here I am trying to give answers to easy or intermediate questions. One of them, not the best, even not accepted, is now to the memory of Kees van der Laan: Censoring Curse Words with Grawlixes. His beautiful article in GUST Bulletin helped me to understand FIFO queues in TeX.

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    Woooooohoooooo! Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 23:12

The last day of the election and only 7 nominees for 8 positions? That is kind of sad, so I will add myself to the nominees, even if I am much less qualified than the others -- no TeX development or something, just a user.

I am an enthusiastic LaTeX user since the beginning of my studies in 2007, and after years of reading Q&As on this site, I actively joined it in 2013 when I wanted to know

How to number slides with an increasing number of digits of pi?

and I got incredibly good and fast answers to my question, so I stayed and mostly answer beamer questions.

For me, the favourite answer of mine is probably


This might not be the one with most votes, but with the most colours :)

  • Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 12:58
  • @PauloCereda Thanks, quack! Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 13:00
  • @samcarter: Can you add even more colours to your favorite answer? ;-)
    – user31729
    Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 13:10
  • @ChristianHupfer I tried at the time when writing the answer, but there would not fit more pages on a single screenshot :( I absolutely need a bigger screen! Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 13:13
  • @samcarter: Well anyway -- nice to have you on the show !
    – user31729
    Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 13:14

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