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An election is a big process for the community (and for SE team to set up), and now that Qiaochu's resignation will set one in motion, I am going to take the opportunity to resign as well.

To be clear: I don't have any specific complaint, I'm not making a principled stand for or against something, I'm not in trouble with the SE people, and I'm not leaving out of disagreement or exasperation with any user or fellow moderator. I've just put enough of my own time and effort into it at this point, and I'd like to focus on doing well in grad school. There are plenty of other people who will do a good job as a moderator.

I do plan to continue participating as a normal user.

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    $\begingroup$ My upvote is a sign of appreciation for all the hard work you've put into this site and all the great questions/answers you've posted. Thanks for your service, and I wish you well in the future. $\endgroup$ – apnorton Apr 30 '13 at 1:17
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    $\begingroup$ May I resign as a moderator as well? $\endgroup$ – Will Jagy Apr 30 '13 at 1:22
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you, also, for taking on a thankless job, and I wish you all the best in your grad studies. $\endgroup$ – J. M. isn't a mathematician Apr 30 '13 at 1:40
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    $\begingroup$ @WillJagy, didn't you mean, "May I re-sign as moderator"? $\endgroup$ – Fred Kline Apr 30 '13 at 1:42
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    $\begingroup$ I don't think Qiaochu's resignation would have set an election in motion, but as I recall one was supposed to be happening pretty soon. How about you postpone this until there's a date for the election? $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Apr 30 '13 at 1:46
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    $\begingroup$ Also, many thanks for all the hard work! $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Apr 30 '13 at 1:46
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    $\begingroup$ @Will: YVAN EHT NIOJ. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Apr 30 '13 at 1:59
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    $\begingroup$ @Asaf: The moderators were informed by the SE team that there would be an election soon after Qiaochu announced his resignation; also, I have sent an email to them about my resignation, but I have not heard back yet regarding when I will have my diamond removed. I assume it will be at the same time as Qiaochu's is, and that this will be whenever the election is ready to go. $\endgroup$ – Zev Chonoles Apr 30 '13 at 3:04
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    $\begingroup$ @Zev: Qiaochu indicates that he expects his ♦ to disappear quite soon. Will an election actually begin that quickly? $\endgroup$ – user642796 Apr 30 '13 at 3:12
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for all the work. As far as I can judge, you've been a great moderator. $\endgroup$ – Michael Greinecker Apr 30 '13 at 8:11
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    $\begingroup$ @Anna: With three moderators out, we're pretty much back to the number of moderators we had when I wrote my thread about expanding the moderator team a year ago. How many slots will you open now, considering that usually slots are just added rather than replaced? $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Apr 30 '13 at 15:49
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    $\begingroup$ Dear @ZevChonoles: You were one of the nicest people in MSE, especially to new users. Hopefully your successor will follow your footsteps. Congratulations on a job well done! $\endgroup$ – Rankeya Apr 30 '13 at 20:11
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    $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila 4 slots in this round. This should put us at the existing team + 1 when all is said and done. While it's tempting to elect more, we refrain from introducing too many new moderators to the team at one time. Doing that tends to mess with the learning curve the new folks have and the overall consistency of moderation. However, if there's additional demand, we can (and have in the past) appoint more folks from the runners up for a few months after the election before the results go stale. $\endgroup$ – Adam Lear Apr 30 '13 at 21:20
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    $\begingroup$ @Anna, I remember how mixedmath and robjohn got their diamond, yes. I hope that this batch of new moderators will be more open to accepting that they don't know everything, or that you may have prepared a "diamond bootcamp" for handling flags and whatnot. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Apr 30 '13 at 22:32
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    $\begingroup$ Sorry to see you go. Your balanced approach will be missed. $\endgroup$ – copper.hat May 2 '13 at 3:56
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I have zero useful things to say. Just posting a screencap of the comment section so there's something in this post. This way this Question can get off the "Unanswered List"

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    $\begingroup$ (just to get this off the unanswered list. Please vote this up) $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Jul 18 '13 at 7:09
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    $\begingroup$ Cripes, Willie, you scared me there for a moment! I thought you were gonna quit as well. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jul 18 '13 at 7:51

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