# Archive for December, 2011

## Happy Holidays!

2011-12-24 by Stefan Kottwitz. 0 comments

It’s been a pleasure being here with you this past year. Happy holidays, and a peaceful time for everybody!

The nice tree has been decorated by Altermundus, you can see on TeX.SX how it’s been made.

## Seasons greetings!

May peace, love and prosperity follow you always! Merry TeXmas!

2011-12-20 by Joseph Wright. 2 comments

I’ve blogged before about what I get up to as a moderator on TeX.sx. Here, I’d like to look at this from a slightly different perspective: what is the role of the moderator on TeX.sx?

Currently, the site has three moderators: Stefan Kottwitz, Martin Scharrer and me. If you take a look at our user IDs and log in records, you’ll see that Stefan and I have been visiting the site from almost day one (or actually day one, for me!), while Martin started slightly later but is currently the most highly-rated user on the site. So we are all experienced TeX.sx contributors.

Jeff Atwood (StackExchange supremo) wrote a blog entry a while ago about moderation, where he talks about how he sees the role of the moderator. Each StackExchange site has taken it’s own path, and how the moderators fit into TeX.sx is therefore unique to us.

So what is our role? I’d say it’s primarily ‘community leadership’. We all leave a lot of comments, do quite a bit of voting and are active on the meta site and in the chat area. Stefan went out to India to talk about TeX.sx (and other ways of getting TeX help), and at least one of us is present during the regular ‘Answer the Unanswered’ sessions. We all answer questions too, but probably have backed off a little so that newer members of the community can get involved.  Of course, there is a bit of real moderating to do too, looking at the flags and deciding what to close. But that’s quite a light task. I think that’s a good thing: we do have a community on TeX.sx, and it’s proving to be a good way to support TeX users.

## TeXtalk: an interview with Martin Scharrer

2011-12-19 by Paulo Cereda. 0 comments

Welcome to the TeXtalk! For the third episode of the series, we have a legendary guest: our friend Martin Scharrer, TeX.sx moderator, highest rep user (54k+) and package-writing machine! Martin is surely the TeX version of Jon Skeet. It was an awesome interview!

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## Non-Standard Code – A Workaround

It’s common to compile our documents a couple of times to ensure, amongst other things, correct cross-referencing and indices. Sometimes, we also rely on a Makefile in order to make things easier. Now enters rubber, a powerful tool to help us on our building adventures.