That's okay, Wrightrs...it's taken all of us awhile to figure it out.
If you don't know what something means, or how to use it, just ask....there always seems to be someone that will lend a hand. We're more than happy to help the newbies.
I see you've figured out the smilies...and which forums to post in. That's a great start.
Have you checked out everything on the blue bar at the top of the page? The one with 'User CP' ... 'Blogs' ... 'FAQ' ... 'Community'... 'Calendar' ...
That's a good place to explore and learn. Don't be afraid to click and see what happens.
Hope you have fun......