User's Guide for's Community and Comments

This screenshot shows the the login process for's new community and comments system.
This screenshot shows the the login process for's new community and comments system. (Image credit:

So you've found something juicy on the new and are just chomping at the bit to jump into the discussion with comments to steer the conversation in our Forums. Now that we've got a new design, there's a few ways for readers to participate and discuss the latest space news of the day.

Here's how to do it:

The first way for readers to log in to's community services starts at the top right corner of the page.

There, you'll see some icons for popular social media services like Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and others. Returning fans can link their existing community accounts with their social media interface of preference here.

To do that, first pick your social media service of preference and login in. A window will pop up that asks for your log in and password.

Once that's complete, you should be all set to start commenting on stories or posting discussions in the forum.

A note: If you'd like to post comments to new stories and articles, you will need to link your accounts with a social media service.

The space forums

Another way to join the conversation is to join our forums directly. You'll see a link for that at the top right corner as well called "Join our community."

That will take you straight to a sign up form that should get you started to jump into the cosmic fray in our digital salon that is our space forum community. This method, however, applies specifically to the forums and not for commenting on stories or other features. forum users can also participate in one of three ways:

  • Log in using your existing username and password (this is prompted AFTER you've selected a social media icon)
  • Log in with your preferred social media service and link your username and password with that service.
  • Finally, just log in using social media only.

I hope this primer helps returning readers and new users alike take advantage of the best our new design has to offer. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments, and – as always – promise to bring you Something Amazing Every Day.


Tariq Malik Managing Editor

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Tariq Malik

Tariq is the Editor-in-Chief of and joined the team in 2001, first as an intern and staff writer, and later as an editor. He covers human spaceflight, exploration and space science, as well as skywatching and entertainment. He became's Managing Editor in 2009 and Editor-in-Chief in 2019. Before joining, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering education and city beats in La Habra, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. In October 2022, Tariq received the Harry Kolcum Award for excellence in space reporting from the National Space Club Florida Committee. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. You can find Tariq at and as the co-host to the This Week In Space podcast with space historian Rod Pyle on the TWiT network. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Twitter @tariqjmalik.