For eleven years and five months I've been a part of an ambitious experiment in making the internet a better place. For the past nine years and two months that participation has included this site. Since April 2011 I've had the profound honor of helping with the sweeping up around here.
And I can't tell you how much I've learned or how much I've been inspired, I don't even really know. Just that I have been challenged to learn and grow just by hanging around this place.
But I think I need to step down as moderator and take a break from the network as a whole for my self respect. Perhaps I'll try to patch a couple of broken windows I've left around (mostly on other sites)—also for my self respect—but otherwise I'm logging off for a indeterminate period.
All the good that has come out of the experiment can be laid at the feet of the throngs of helpful users who have selflessly given their time, effort, and expertise. I really, really hope that things can continue in that vein without end.
But you're going to have to get on with it without me for now. If you want to contact me, I've set up a blog to maintain some kind of presence on the internet.