Whether you are responding to another user's thread or starting your own thread, you must know how to post. Here are the fundamental things you should know about posting and each item is discussed in a separate post below...
Quick Reply - quickly add a text-only post to a thread
Add Reply - add a post using full editing capability. Pictures and links can also be added to posts with this function
Quote - respond to a particular comment made anywhere on the thread... the comment is copied to your post and you can add your comment below it
Insert Link - insert a link of another user thread/post or to an any other URL source
Insert Image - add a picture to the post from various sources
A note about bumping threads
Before you decide to add a post, determine whether you are about to bump the thread. A new post will change the last edit date of the thread and since threads are ordered by date in the forum, it will appear at the top of the forum. If you go to, say, page 15 of the forum list and post to a thread that was last posted 6 months ago, I guarantee you will raise the eyebrows of a moderator and be asked not to do that again. Why? because if that user has not been on the board in some months, he is not going to see this post. And often, this new post starts a whole barrage of other posts because other guys just figure the originator has come back after 6 months. The rule of thumb is not to post after a month or two unless you know the originator is actively on the board but just not posting to his thread. If you want to get this user's attention, send a private message and he will be notified by email that there is a PM waiting.