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:
- cfr, 30
- esdd, 29
- michal.h21, 28
- Ignasi, 27
- Alenanno, 26
- Przemysław Scherwentke, 24
- Zarko, 24
- samcarter, 9
There are exactly eight names here, so all will be sent to the StackOverflow staff to be forwarded to TUG.