Hat tip to member Canarsie, who is collecting Tips here: http://milepoint.com/forums/threads...to-enhance-your-milepoint-com-experience.701/ This waypoint will summarize the Beginner Tips. Please consult the above for Advanced Tips. How do I set my Avatar? Find your name in the uppermost right area. Hovering over your name will expand a menu of options. Click "Avatar" to initiate a review or change. Another way is from Personal Details. Click on the Avatar box to initiate a change. How do I Subscribe to a thread? Rather than posting-merely-to-subscribe or looking for Thread Tools as you have seen elsewhere, just use the "Watch Thread" link. It's located above and to the right of the first post, on any page in the thread. To review your watched threads, find your name in uppermost right area. Hovering over your name will expand a menu of options. One is Watched Threads. Depending on your Alert Preferences, you may see a red flag in the uppermost right area, above "Alerts" when there is an update to your watched thread(s). How do I Like (show Thanks for) a post? At the bottom right corner of every post, there is a "Like" link. It's next to the "Reply" link. How do I PM (send a private message)? PMs are called "Conversations" here. You can start one by clicking a member's name, and looking for "Start a Conversation" in the pop-up. If you don't see that option, then that member has augmented his/her Privacy settings. You can also Start a Conversation with this link. Depending on your Alert Preferences, you may see a red flag in the uppermost right area, above "Inbox" when you have a new Conversation. How do I Add (embed) an Image to my Post (or Signature)? There are two ways: 1) Upload a File and 2) Insert/Edit Image. If the Image is on your computer, the first way is easier. Note: the first way won't work in a Signature. If the Image is on the Web, the second way is easier. Option#1 - Upload a File One of the buttons below where you type the body of your post is "Upload a File". Clicking that opens a directory box for you to find the file -- in this case an image -- you wish to add. Once your Image finishes uploading, you have a "Thumbnail" and "Full Image" button, from which to choose. Clicking either will do the job. Option#2 - Insert/Edit Image Find the Image on the web, and copy its URL. This could be a picture from your web album, a banner from a webpage, etc. It must be a fully qualified URL that ends in ends in a known image file type (e.g. *.jpg). Mark the location in the body of your post where you want to embed your image. I.e., get your cursor in the right spot before doing the next step. One of the buttons above where you type the body of your post is "Insert/Edit Image". Clicking that provides a box for you to paste that URL you copied above. Hitting the Insert button does the job. It's worth noting that you can better control your own content by using Option#2, after uploading your images to a public photo site that you govern (e.g. flickr, imageshack, snapfish, etc.). How do I Quote another Post (even from another Thread)? Find the post you want to quote. If that post is in another thread, open that thread on another browser tab or window; that makes things easier. In the bottom right corner of that post, find the "Reply" link. Click that. You'll now find yourself in the posting box. Copy the populated text. It begins with "[quote..." and ends with ".../quote]". If what you copied is in another thread, go back to your target thread (on the other tab/window). Place your cursor where you want the quote to appear in your new post. Paste the copied text. Note1: You can do multiple quotes with the technique above. It may help to open a basic text editor (e.g. Notepad) to gather all the quotes first, however. Note2: There is a Quote button above where you type a reply. Unless you understand how to manually add the 'quote=[username], post: [postid]', this way is less effective, because the result won't have that up-arrow link-back in the final result. In general: hover your mouse all over the place -- before you click. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you find. More to come.