Hi, and welcome to TechTalk.
Perhaps the first thing you should do is have a good read of the information contained in our FAQ section:
There you will find:
There is quite a lot of information contained in the articles you will find at those links, and I'm sure that it will be enough to answer most of your initial queries about using this Forum.
When you've come to grips with all that, you might want to head into the 'Control Panel' for your user account to see if you'd like to make some changes to the way you have the Forum working for you. There are a range of Settings available to change the way your posts display, and to edit your personal account details.
Most importantly, if you click on the 'Edit options' menu item, you can alter the way the forum works for you. Of particular relevence are settings to change the way you are notified about new posts in topics you've posted in. Your default setting is to inform you of new posts as a weekly summary via email. You can change that to instant notification if you like, so that you are informed immediately if someone has answered your question.
Also, there is the option to alter the interface for the message editor. You can set it to a text editor only, to a Standard editor with formatting controls, or even to a full 'What you see is what you get' interface, with formatting displayed as you create it.
Please feel free to explore the alternatives available to you, and make any changes to your account profile that you wish to put into place.
That all said, however, there are doubtless some features and procedures that aren't readily apparent on reading through the basic FAQ sections of the forum. So I'll invite experienced forum members to post short 'Guides' to using some of the more obscure (or not so obscure) facets of forum use.