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I've decided that it's time for me to step down as a moderator of this site. This has been something I've been thinking about for quite a while; it's a product of numerous events that have occurred over the past year or so. I've already communicated my decision to the people at Stack Exchange, and while I'm not sure when they will officially remove the diamond, I expect it will be soon, maybe this week.

I don't plan to be actively contributing here anymore, at least not in the short term, but my profile will remain in place and I'm not ruling out an occasional comment or post. If anyone wants to get in touch, my contact information is and will remain in my profile.

The other moderators and I discussed whether it makes sense to have an election to add new mods. We believe there's no immediate need for one, since the remainder of the team isn't having any trouble with the workload right now, but there might be one a few months down the road.

I'd like to express my gratitude to everyone who helped make moderating a rewarding experience for the past (almost) ten years!

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    $\begingroup$ No joking intended : this is like hearing your local saint is retiring. Someone clone him on the way out, please. Honestly I will miss your wisdom and balance around here. Many thanks to you. $\endgroup$ – StephenG Sep 14 at 16:07
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    $\begingroup$ You're welcome StephenG, and thank you for the kind words! $\endgroup$ – David Z Sep 15 at 6:25
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    $\begingroup$ Sept 18, 2020: dmckee & David Z are officially no longer Phys.SE moderators. $\endgroup$ – Qmechanic Sep 18 at 15:47
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    $\begingroup$ You've been through a lot in your time here, and more importantly were a source of strength for many others who were going through a lot. Kudos to you sir, and a sincere hope that you enjoy your well-earned rest! $\endgroup$ – Shog9 Sep 18 at 19:00
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    $\begingroup$ Best wishes David, and thank you. $\endgroup$ – Alfred Centauri Sep 20 at 1:05
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    $\begingroup$ @Shog9 Thanks for the kind note! Honestly I'm surprised (and maybe a little flattered) that you chimed in here. It was always a real pleasure to work with you and have your support while that lasted. $\endgroup$ – David Z Sep 20 at 1:58
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    $\begingroup$ @AlfredCentauri You're welcome, and thanks for being a part of the community. It's been great to have you around. $\endgroup$ – David Z Sep 20 at 2:03
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I've been a contributor here for the past seven and a half years and in all that time, David Z, you have been a staple and pillar of the community. Your cool and collected moderating style has always represented our site well and I have no doubt that your input has been instrumental in shaping us into a community that can be respected as a source of physics answers.

While I'm sure everyone here is sorry to see you hang up your hat, not one of us could hold that decision in contempt. You have put in more than your fair share of effort into this site and served it well. We understand the desire to take a step back as things change and shift both on the network and in the world at large. We are all lucky to have had so many great years of contributions from you and could not hold your leaving us against you, seeing how you have given us so much already.

It pleases us to hear that you will still visit our community on occasion and we welcome whatever contributions you care to make. I think I speak for all of us at Physics.SE when, for all of the time that you intend to spend away from us, I say thank you for your service and farewell; we wish you all the best with your future endeavors.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the kind words Jim, I appreciate it! I'll miss being part of the community with you around. $\endgroup$ – David Z Sep 15 at 6:24
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A huge loss for the site, not only in terms of (outstanding) moderating expertise but also in terms of institutional memory.

Thank you for your years of kindness and for nurturing the site to its current amicable atmosphere.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks ZeroTheHero, that's kind of you to say and much appreciated. $\endgroup$ – David Z Sep 15 at 6:24
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David Z, I've not been participating much on Physics Stack Exchange much for years now, so I was most disheartened to come back exactly one day after you retired! You have been an amazing and vital support to this site for more years than you probably care to admit. I wish you the best on any new endeavors!

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    $\begingroup$ Thank you Terry! Unfortunate timing, I suppose. I'm glad to have been a part of this site with you. $\endgroup$ – David Z Sep 17 at 20:57

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