As you are aware, I was elected to be a moderator of this site last year. As a person who loves chemistry and no longer works in the field, I have been continually happy to provide support where needed. I especially love being able to observe - with some measure of envy - those who are fortunate enough to be practicing chemists via interactions here on Chem.SE.
There are numerous reasons why I am stepping down: some are of the personal nature, and some are relevant to my participation here on Chem.SE. The former shall remain personal.
The latter are directly a result of my inability to provide the best judgement in the role of moderator. As many of you are aware, I am one of less-forgiving members here (for better or for worse). That said and acknowledged, it is not in the best interest of the community for me to stay on given personal demands in my life and my shortcomings as a moderator.
I am hopeful that another candidate will step in and be able to provide assistance in running and growing the site as a moderator. It is a rewarding and challenging task. The community needs and deserves a more balanced presence than I can provide in the moderator role.
There will be a moderator election in the next couple of months (stay tuned). I will continue to serve in my role until then.
I thank andselisk, BuckThorn, Martin, and orthocresol for support and guidance during my short tenure. I thank the community for electing me and for letting me hang around.