I joined CR in May 2013, but only started living here in September of that year. I remember very well then, the site had been in beta for almost 1000 days, and I kept thinking that was a shame, CR was such an awesome twist of the Stack Exchange format, it had to "graduate".
Soon I met folks that would become the "core" of the embryo of the rather healthy community CR was to become a few months later. I spent so much time in what was then known as Code Review Chat (or something boring like that), that the chat system eventually made me room owner, for the previous owner hadn't shown up in chat for well over half a year - soon that chatroom was to be renamed The 2nd Monitor, and the rest is History.
When I look back at that time - end of 2013, beginning of 2014, it feels like the bunch of us ended up reviving a ghost town. The whole story is in the now-frozen CRonicles, if you're curious. Here's a chart from mid-2015 (thanks @rolfl!) depicting the Great Revival of CR - I have to say I'm extremely proud to have been a part of this:
Mid-2015 coincides with CR's long-awaited graduation. We had done it! Top users got CR swag, elections were held, a rubber ducky was sacrificed (can't find the link, but I'm sure @Pimgd knows what I'm talking about), and boom here we are all these years later, and I feel old and nostalgic now.
So yeah. I was elected by this awesome community in June 2015, and it feels like forever ago. When I signed the moderator agreement, I thought I was going for a year, and then pass the torch. Turns out, on Stack Exchange when you're elected as a moderator, you're up there until you step down (or do something very stupid). #Mod4Life!
So my time has come. Already last year I had recurring thoughts of stepping down, and ended up sticking around. Maybe I should have - my site and moderator activity this past year has been next to nothing, especially when I compare to the burning passion that got me there in the first place.
I've lost that flame now, so rather than keep a diamond I'm hardly using, I'm stepping down, hoping elections will be held to bring up the very best of Code Review folks. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this!
Not sure when I'll be losing the diamond, but the Stack Exchange Community Team was made aware of my decision; the rest of the CR moderator team, too (although I haven't had a chance to chat directly with everyone).
This isn't the end of anything, I'm not disappearing: it's just me putting down my empty mug.
Thank you, Code Review!