As promised here
I am stepping down as a moderator.
I regret all the turmoil caused by my hasty steps done out of fear and incorrect understanding of the rules. I also apologize for my secretive activities and the bad climate this has caused on the site.
Only recently did I realized that the time when I was terrified and did no longer dare to show up on the site was a very bad and scary experience for others too.
From the responses to the two line version of this message, and also from a few comments elsewhere, I got the impression that by now more than enough has been said concerning the past and that it is better to let it rest in peace.
Instead I focus now on the amazing process that happened on PhysicsOverflow in the last two weeks, lead to a reconciliation of the different points of view, and nourishes the hope for a lasting peace of a quality I couldn't have dreamt of even a week ago.
I am thankful for the experience of the last few weeks, which made me see many things in a different light than before. It seems I have learned a lot.
Ron and I have learnt to know and understand each other much better, and I think it can now safely be said that we respect and acknowledge each other's somewhat complementary point of views concerning certain things. Both points of view are needed to make PhysicsOverflow successfull and help the site fullfill its two-fold mission of offering open literature review and allowing for high-level Q&A.
I now also better understand that Yiyang always wanted to save the site from breaking apart, and who knows, maybe he did. So I apologize to you, Yiyang, for first having misunderstood and not properly appreciated your efforts to help PhysicsOverflow.
Everybody knows that it took me quite a while to get used to Vladimir's style of contributing, but we have made peace already in the context of my intention of resignation.
As now the atmosphere on PhysicsOverflow has become much better (it seems springtime has set in), I can now happily retire without any apprehension left. If Arnold would be able and willing to take up for me, I would not even care about getting re-elected.
The heavy but ultimately very positive experience of the past few weeks make me more optimistic about the future of PO than ever, and I wish PhysicsOverflow and its community all the best.