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Site News: New Commenting Functionality

NPP Satellite Launch
NASA's NPP climate and weather satellite roars into space on Oct. 28, 2011. (Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

On Monday (Oct. 31), SPACE.com will change its article commenting system to one that’s more fully integrated with Facebook. The new setup allows anyone to log in with a Facebook account, or with a Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail account.

The change reflects a convergence in article commenting and other social media. As of this writing, SPACE.com has nearly 200,000 Facebook fans, and conversations about our articles increasingly take place on Facebook itself as much as on our article pages. By integrating the two more fully, we expect the conversations about the Final Frontier will become even more thoughtful and useful and engaging.

Unlike our current setup, the new commenting system will not allow anonymous posts.

With this change, previous comments will not be archived, and SPACE.com log-ins will no longer work. We’ll be making a fresh start.

SPACE.com has long had a robust community with lots of insightful and entertaining things to say, and we’d like to apologize to those who may not like the change. But we hope you’ll stick with us and give the new setup a try as we go boldly forward.

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Space.com Staff

Space.com is the premier source of space exploration, innovation and astronomy news, chronicling (and celebrating) humanity's ongoing expansion across the final frontier. Originally founded in 1999, Space.com is, and always has been, the passion of writers and editors who are space fans and also trained journalists. Our current news team consists of Editor-in-Chief Tariq Malik; Editor Hanneke Weitering, Senior Space Writer Mike Wall; Senior Writer Meghan Bartels; Senior Writer Chelsea Gohd, Senior Writer Tereza Pultarova and Staff Writer Alexander Cox. Senior Producer Steve Spaleta oversees our space videos, with Kim Hickock as our Reference Editor and Diana Whitcroft as our Social Media Editor.