With much regret I have decided to hang up my moderator's hat, / break the point of my blue pencil or whatever the appropriate phrase is.
I have explained my reason in some detail to my colleagues, who have been carrying - and continue to carry the majority of the load and who do what is often a more than thankless task with great skill and good humour. The 'ordinary' contributors - - among whom I now include myself - are very fortunate to have their services, and it is good and appriopriate that - by and large - these seem to be appreciated.
Unless you have (tried, in my case) to do this job it is difficult to appreciate the dedication required and the thickness of skin sometimes required.
So a public 'thank you' to my colleagues - the bad news is that I shall still be reading and sometimes replying.
Sincerely, Ray S (without the Moderator)