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To Josh, Stack Team, and Community,

As per my Skype conversation with Josh this evening, I am giving immediate notice of my resignation as a Stack Overflow moderator.

It's been a hell of a ride since I joined Stack Overflow back in 2008(?) as user 419 - I still remember emailing Jeff directly and asking for a beta account and the excitement about being accepted - and then having the community trust me as a moderator. However I'm no longer able to perform this role adequately due to personal circumstances.

I wish all the SO team and mods the best of luck for the future. I will continue to evangelise Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange sites when and wherever I have the opportunity.

I have truly enjoyed working with the other SO mods, in particular Bill, Tim, Rob, Will, Michael, Nicholas and George. It has been an honour working with you guys and you've taught me so many things about how to engage with such a diverse community like Stack Overflow.

ChrisF - I have no idea how you manage to mod so many sites :)

Josh (Shog) - thanks for teaching me many of the subtle nuances when dealing with difficult community situations - trolls, crazy users, rage quitters, etc. We may not have agreed back in the early days of SO, but by god what a damn fine community manager you've become. I think all of the SE mods would agree that you've taught us a thing or two about keeping our community held together.

To the rest of the SO mod team, I never really got to know you as well but I'm sure you'll continue to do a bloody fine job. Keep up the good work and never be afraid to ask for help from the old guard.

To the rest of the community, I thank you all for the opportunity to become a guiding hand in "making the internet a better place" as a Stack Overflow moderator. Let's keep making Stack Overflow a first class programmer's Q&A site.

All the best,
Kev

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You did a great job. –  Michael Petrotta May 24 '13 at 1:08
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Not sure if to up or downvote: noooo! come back Kev! :-P (thanks for all the hard work, you did a great job!) –  Martijn Pieters May 24 '13 at 1:08
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Happy trails! Sorry I never got to 'know' you well! And thanks for being a part of keeping this an awesome site! –  Andrew Barber May 24 '13 at 1:10
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"... in particular [list of all other mods]." –  animuson May 24 '13 at 1:10
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Thanks folks for the kind words. Feel free to edit if the grammar or tags suck, it wouldn't be SO if someone didn't have a tinker here and there :) –  Kev May 24 '13 at 2:39
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@Kev: I was tempted to remove the "All the best, Kev" for "Removed signature." ;P –  animuson May 24 '13 at 3:01
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@animuson I see you saw what I deliberately did there :) –  Kev May 24 '13 at 3:09
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Upvote because you did a great job, not because you are leaving. –  Undo May 24 '13 at 3:32
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Will you still be active? –  Undo May 24 '13 at 3:37
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I still think it would be nice if ex-mods would get a white diamond or something to indicate their former modship: Kev ◊ or to show that we still love you Kev ♥ –  Gordon May 24 '13 at 6:00
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Thanks a lot for all the time you put in as a moderator and as a user making Stack Overflow better. –  Bill the Lizard May 24 '13 at 6:06
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@ShaWizDowArd: wisely=get more SO rep, no? :P –  Manishearth May 24 '13 at 10:35
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@Manishearth: That will totally be the next Meta meme... –  animuson May 24 '13 at 12:25
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Can he keep the diamond as a momento for being excellent? –  ChristopherW May 24 '13 at 14:48
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@Undo Thanks matey, I'll still be participating as a normal user when time permits. –  Kev May 24 '13 at 16:19

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I, along with much of Meta, was surprised to find that you are leaving.

Thank you.

You have been a fine mod - way better than I could be.

You worked out many of the problems that Stack Overflow had in the early days.

Thank you for everything,

Meta

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Kev, thank you. For the kind words, and most of all for all the work you've put in over the years to keep Stack Overflow running smoothly.

As we discussed yesterday and I've now announced here, minitech will be stepping up to take your place on the site.

From all of us here at SE, please accept our heartfelt appreciation and best wishes for you in the future.

Regards,
-shog9

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:O A signature! Must. Restrain. Edit. Habit. –  ɥʇǝS May 25 '13 at 1:48

I'm deeply honored that you mentioned me.

I remember when I first came on board, and I was a bit raw, in all respects. You had the patience to deal with me and I became the better mod for it.

You've had an impact on more than just the site, but on those who will continue to moderate it, as those things that I've learned from you I will try and pass on down to others.

I wish you well in all that you do, and hope we'll see you around here from time to time.

And we do have to have that a beer at some point, given our mutual rabid fondness for it.

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Thanks and appreciated chap :) –  Kev May 24 '13 at 16:17
    
Count me in on beer - We've got to find a way to get this bloke to NYC for beer and burgers, it's a moral imperative. –  Tim Post May 28 '13 at 4:59

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