Comment Policy

Welcome to my blog.  Mine.  As in I pay for its hosting, I create the content, and I started it to serve my purposes.

Think of it as perhaps a semi-public portion of my house, like the front porch, and I am very happy you are visiting.  Hopefully it has comfy chairs and a swing and maybe even ice-tea.  But it is still on my property even if the neighbors can see it.

This is a roundabout way of saying it is not a public forum–it is my forum.  You can go over to and start a blog of your very own and it won’t cost you a cent.  That, then would be your forum and you can say whatever you want there.

I’m not at all trying to discourage conversation here.  I like it when people comment, especially about the posts.  When I express an opinion, I don’t mind when people express contrary opinions as long as they’re polite about it.  But if the thing you were going to say would get you chucked off my porch, then it will probably get you chucked off this blog, too.

I use a disemvoweler plug-in to make objectionable material harder to read.  Repeat trolls get kill filed.  Meat Puppets get barbequed.  I try to distinguish between the socially inept and the obnoxiously malignant.  I prefer to give people a chance to rectify their behavior rather than block them.

Who decides what’s objectionable?  That would be me. It could be an attack on other commentor or an attack on me and/or my work and, frankly, I’m not interested in paying to host your attacks on me.  You can do that on your own porch.  Hell, if you yell loud enough, I might hear you from mine.

Or not.

Edited on 1 May 2011

In order to simplify responding to people, I am limiting contacts to active posts and the “Contact Me” page. This way I might be better about responses though I’m better about responding to emails (stevengould AT digitalnoir DOT com.)

7 thoughts on “Comment Policy

  1. Hello Mr. Gould,

    I recently finished one of your books, Jumper: Griffin’s Story and I was suprised of how much detail you put in into this book, I just couldn’t put it down. Also thank you for clarifying the details on the weapons that the Paladins used to capture Jumpers, it felt clear because I was always wondering in the movie of Jumper, how those weapons were able to be attached to the jumpers bodies and how those weapons were able to disorient them on impact. Oh, and one final thing I would like to ask you, Do you know if there will be a sequel for the 1st Jumper movie that came out 3 years ago?

  2. Absolutely not down on the medical uses of the Cyberonics VNS. Definitely aware of the benefits to some epileptics and some people with drug resistant depression. But it was an ER Doc who told me what would happen if you over stimulate the Vagal Nerve. I certainly didn’t mean to imply that Cyberonics makes the device they use in Reflex. My first thought was an actual electrode implanted in the brain to cause excruciating pain, but my friend Sage told me I could get more safely go the VNS route.

    Safely, that is, more dependably with fewer surgical complications.

  3. Mr. Gould,
    Thank you for the many hours of wonderful reading your talent and hard work have provided.
    I have been reading your books again and I would like to comment on a sentence in “Wildside.” I think “Eternity opened its mouth and swallowed us whole” is one of the most beautiful discriptive lines that I have read. It has stuck in my mind since I first read it and it always gives me the most fantastic word picture.
    By the by, I have a “VNS.” It has literally saved my life; well, it has given me a life.
    When I read “Reflex” found the picture you painted of the devise was very harsh. I wondered what experience you had had with “Cyberonics” and their devise that would cause such an “evil” portrayal.
    I would like to hear your thoughts on this.
    Thank you again for sharing your wonderful stories.

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