Welcome! Here's a few things that might help you find your way around.
Get your feet wet by responding to a post
The easiest way to feel comfortable is to respond to a post - try responding to this one by clicking on the reply button below?
_(not the one above that's a blue button - it's just a .gif file, but the purple button just a little further down)
Updating your email preferences
Click on the icon in the top right. That's where your profile settings are. By default you'll receive a weekly email update (a sort of recap of what's happened over the week - it's autogenerated from system information), and emails in response to your own posts.
If you'd like to get updates on a thread where you haven't left a comment, you can do that by toggling the button for receiving notifications
If at any time you're receiving too many notifications, just click on the link in one of the emails, and it will take you to your profile to update your settings.
If it's stressing you out at all, just send me an email & I can fix things on my end.
Updating your profile (and what we see about you)
There's some great profile features built into Discourse, but some that are sort of missing.
For example, there isn't an easy way for you to add links to your social media accounts. I'm going to work on a tutorial, so that we can all add little social media icons - but it's not quite ready yet.
In the meantime, feel free to write anything you'd like in your profile & include links to your website etc, by adding a hyperlink.
If you have any questions, anytime, feel free to tag me by typing the @ sign and my name.
I'll get an email notification almost instantly, and if I'm near a computer I'll respond as soon as I can.