Contact Max

There is now an ASK MAX! thingy on the front page, the hip new way to ask me stuff. This is where you type something into the speech bubble on the front page and I post a reply in blog form.

This way is better for me because I get to answer your question and produce content for the site.

But if you have something private, you'd better email me. This is less likely to get an answer, I'm very sorry to say. I used to reply to all email, and it was great: I liked getting it, I liked writing back, and I loved hearing that someone had their car broken into and the only thing the thief took was a copy of Jennifer Government. But this took a lot of time, so I had to stop.

I am sorry about this, because before I was published I wrote to an author once and when she e-mailed back, it was just about the coolest thing ever.

My email address: My first name followed by an underscore and my surname

Please put the word "duck" in your subject title, e.g. "[duck] Why you're an idiot." I get lots of spam and this prevents your message from being accidentally filtered.

Social Media

(I don't really use Facebook at all any more. I'm occasionally active on Twitter.)

Note! If you have a question about NationStates, you probably want this page instead! I'm not a NationStates moderator.

About that "duck:" Apparently many people are suspicious about my motives. I'm not actually just sitting here giggling at making you put a silly word in your subject lines. Well, I am a little, but that's not my main motivation. I have a message filter that auto-flags anything with "duck" in the subject as non-spam. I chose the word "duck" because it's short, difficult to misspell, and not used by spam. Also I like ducks.

More about the duck: Okay so it's 2020 and you don't really need the "duck" any more, because Google's spam filter has evolved into a powerful AI capable of filtering out 99.9% of spam regardless of the number of ducks involved. So that's good. I mean, I do suspect that this AI will end all life on the planet during the inevitable robot uprising. But in the meantime, it's doing a great job of keeping my inbox clean. So it's up to you whether you want to include the "duck."