I hereby claim to resign from moderator position. Although it's first proposed by Arnold, I do so completely out of free will. It has nothing to do with Arnold's accusation of me for lack of mercy, and I'm firmly unapologetic of my own division line for justice and mercy. Arnold's proposal simply reminds me that this is a good chance to resign.
This claim shall not be taken as a precedent of breaking promise(I promised PO one year of moderatorship), the justifications for my resignation are as follow:
(1)I took up the moderator position during a political and legal fight where the two sides could hardly have one single unemotional exchange, while both sides seemed still willing to talk to me peacefully. Hence I agreed to be a moderator to lower the communication barrier, and I've always considered the appointment as an emergency measure.
(2)Related to (1), my nomination and appointment were both hasty. I got +2-0 votes when I took the appointment, not an impressive margin. In addition, the short duration between the nomination and appointment practically eliminated the possibility for downvotes. Hence it was not strictly lawful.
Hence future legitimately elected moderators are in no position to repeat my case.
Personally, this seems to be a good timing for me to resign: with the newly implemented feature "revision history" for comments and the user right document saying
Protection of text
The final say on the text always belongs with the original author, and there is no imposition of content change without reversion.
Any closure/deletion of text will be for a publically stated reason, which is "off topic, spam, duplicate, plagiarism, low-level material, incomprehensible text which could not be explained by author". But it is requested that the author try to make efforts to help clarify the text in case others have a difficult time understanding it.
I think it's safe to say even in the worst imaginable scenario, Physicsoverflow is still a much more inhabitable place than PhysicsStackexchange, which drove me away by their absolutely zero protection of speech. I now have no fear even if I can't have my eyes on how moderators work in private.
In addition, being a moderator has severely restrained my willingness to vote on the recent moderator-related issues due to potential conflict of interests and the moral common sense. If I resign, I can finally freely vote on these issues as I have wanted.
My only concern after resigning, though not a big one, is that Dilaton's earlier resignation decision due to a severe moderating crime gets revoked. I would consider a revocation quite dark and disgraceful, since it basically says "We moderators don't have accountablity and you ordinary users can't do anything about it". In that case please consider my resignation out of a utter shame to ever take up such a shameful position. The ideal case would be Dilaton resigns for a symbolic period and go through the voting procedure again before he/she can be re-elected, if this is what finally happens please consider this paragraph irrelevant.
PS. I promise I'll cast no vote under this post, neither answers nor comments.
EDIT: It has become too late in my time zone, I apologize in advance that I can't quickly response to inquiries.