The first thing I noticed upon logging in as a newly improved member is an ocean of red boxes. It took me a full two minutes to realize these boxes were the forum boards. After asking the IRC about how to switch back to the classic forum look I had seen as an unapproved member, I found there was no such option. It took me a bit to figure out how to maneuver, and I know it will take me much longer to get used to navigating this foreign setup. I'd like to suggest that there be an option to have the forum layout appear as the classic one column look with icons and etc. for those of us unfamiliar and disarmed by the sudden image of "Attack of the Killer Boxes".
I was told a good way to start was to post my Ons and Offs. Eager to begin, I found the appropriate board, clicked "New Topic", and then realized there was absolutely no guidelines or examples of how to post such a list anywhere to be found. For other newbies like me, I'd like to suggest a sticked topic in the ONS and OFFS boards that has a list of kinks for newbies to sort through, and perhaps a suggested template to be used with it. This would definitely help those unsure of what to do, whether they have too little to say or, like myself, way too much to say and don't know how to begin.
Feel free to slap me around if my suggestions are stupid, but I think they're reasonable enough. Still, I look forward to being truly active! ^_^