This is both surprising and not surprising to me. I was expecting this, but didn't think you'd do it. I know we've had our disagreements (plenty of them, I must add) but we got to know each other better with time. You're a good friend and were one of my favourite moderation colleagues.
As for why you're stepping down, I can certainly agree that a lot of stuff in GFL just aren't going well, and the constant drama is off-putting. It is tiresome that decisions aren't firm or coordinated between higher-ups and that only inflicts a bad view upon higher-ups on the userbase.
I hope we stay in touch. Au revoir, mon ami.
PS: Not going on AWOL often is difficult.