Newer readers of Maximum PC might not know, but we have an official forum! If commenting on individual news posts doesn't fulfill your need for community, you can hop over to the forums, where we have discussion boards for every topic under the sun, from hardware to software, media to malarky, Linux to linedancing. Okay, maybe not linedancing.
If you haven't visited the forums before, here are a few links to get you going.
If you have a particular thread you'd like highlighted, you can send me a private message on the forums (I'm nedwards)or email me (nathan at maximumpc.com).
Long-time Maximum PC members should be able to log into the forums with their Maximumpc.com usernames and passwords; but if yours doesn't work, you might have to register a new forums account. This will not supercede your user account on the website. As a spam-prevention measure, your first few posts will have to be approved by a moderator. So make 'em good!