I've been thinking about this for some months now, and recently I've made up my mind to retire from moderator duty. It has been an awesome four years, and I see a lot of positive in how the community has developed during that time. So I want to thank the early users who put their faith in me, and also the entire community for their support of the mod team in general.
An election will be held in the near future [Edit 2014-12-10: right now!]. (Possibly quite soon; we are in discussion with the Community Team on the best timing.) I will stay on until the election is over, at which time my diamond will be removed and the newly minted moderator(s) will take over.
I am sure a lot of you will want to know why I am retiring. Just to get it out of the way:
- No, there's been no disagreements in the mod team.
- No, I have no qualms with the direction that the site is going.
- No, I have no trouble working with the Community Team (SE Inc).
If anything it is just that after 4 years, I find that I cannot summon the same level of enthusiasm that I had earlier in my moderator term. In addition, I have become more busy all around and with there being only 24 hours in a day I find myself slowly slowly cutting away my time on Math.SE for other tasks and duties. So while I am not burnt-out per se, I still don't think that I can serve the community in a capacity that meets my own standards.
Another reason is that I have come to understand, after 4 years in service, how much the smooth running of this website depends on you the users in general. Due to the big unilateral hammer we carry, moderators have often refrained from the day-to-day maintenance activities (think close/delete votes for example), and deal generally only in the more exceptional problems. This means that I realized that I can still contribute, in some ways and in my own schedule, to the growth of this community, even without my diamond. (So yes, maybe I will earn some of those other moderation badges!)
In conclusion, thanks for the ride, and see y'all around.