The time has come for me to step down. The reasons are varied, but they boil down to the following: I no longer feel I am up to the job of moderator. Today I made a bad call and briefly suspended Ken White based on an incorrect interpretation of a phrase in a comment of his. At the same time I feel Ken has not behaved up to his usual standard lately, yet his stature here makes the task of moderating him rather difficult, while my own mistake makes it now impossible. This task will fall to others, should he choose to return.
Ken aside, moderation is a tiring task. It will win no friends, but certainly some enemies. It involves a degree of arbitrary judgement as well, and some people don't understand this. Once you get past the obvious violations, there are a number of ways to game the rules and people do it often enough or skirt the edges. If one has time, energy and humor, it can be done. However lately I don't have so much time, and the repetition of the task undermines my humor. I am therefore no longer up to the task.
I also believe in term limits. I was already well beyond the time I orginally envisioned for the job when Josh announced he would shut down Tacitus. As the techiest of the triumvirs, I felt I had the capacity to quickly proceed to move the site and lead the transition from both ends (the technical side and trying to reflect the group consensus). This is now done.
I will continue to participate in The Forvm, and if I have any spare time I will do some technical stuff or write a diary or two. I'm not taking my ball home. I will simply no longer moderate, effective right now.
As to my replacement, I suggest you all vote for one. I don't have anyone in mind. I'm not sold on replacing the Triumvirate all at once. Rather, I think it should be staged, in the manner of the US Senate. Mac and Harley are less worn for wear than I am, and voting one at a time is simpler. Ultimately, however, this is up to the rest of you.
I thank all of you who trusted my judgement, and even those of you who didn't but at least believed in my sincere effort to be fair. To those of you who trusted neither my judgement nor my intent, I say try the job yourself and come back and talk to me in a year.