TUG is considering making all publications to TUGboat open-access. To this end they have started a survey. The survey also addresses non-members, so to be representative it needs as many participants as possible.

While not being directly about the site itself, I think this would greatly influence the TeX community which this site is for.

Hello TUG member!

The TUG board is considering making TUGboat a fully open access journal, with all material immediately available online to anyone, upon publication. (We expect the print journal to continue to be produced unchanged.)

We only want to do this if it will help TUG, not hurt it. Memberships are what pay the bills, and we just cannot predict whether this change would cause a crash in memberships or not.

Thus, we ask you to carefully consider and answer the one-question survey at


about the effect this change would have on your renewing your membership. It is completely anonymous. (Please only submit it once.)

Thanks for your support of TUG,

TUG Board of Directors

  • @marmot This is how meta works: announcements like this one are fine.
    – yo'
    Commented Aug 4, 2018 at 19:54
  • @CarLaTeX I don't think it is a good idea to discuss the contents of the survey here. Let's keep that to the chat maybe. (The point is, there was a long discussion about this at the TUG AGM in Rio, it's complicated and it would easily clutter the comments completely; that's not what comments are for.)
    – yo'
    Commented Aug 4, 2018 at 19:56
  • @yo' OK, thanks for letting me know. I deleted my comments. (Personally I am not sure if that's the best way of doing this, I guess there is a significant fraction of users of the main site that does not really look at meta, but of course this is just my impression, not substantiated by any real data.)
    – user121799
    Commented Aug 4, 2018 at 20:32
  • @marmot Joseph has made the question featured, so it appears in the right pane on the main site now.
    – yo'
    Commented Aug 5, 2018 at 13:23
  • How can non-members comment on the changes effect on renewing their memberships?
    – cfr
    Commented Aug 9, 2018 at 23:49
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    @cfr It is optional. You don't have to select anything in the category that doesn't apply to you. Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 0:25
  • @HenriMenke But it's a one-question survey?
    – cfr
    Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 13:39
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    @cfr What I see at the link is that for non-members, the question is about joining, rather than renewing. ("more likely to join / less likely to join / no effect on joining") Commented Aug 14, 2018 at 6:07

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The survey is closed, the results are available here: https://tug.org/TUGboat/survey.html

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