Ah - I think I have things to add to my FAQ. (linked in my siggy)
Originally Posted by Ok
If I quote someone, does that suffice for my 50 characters? (ok, I was just teasing, but now that I think about it, it is a real question.)
Good question! No, quotes don't count. Only a person's own words count.
Originally Posted by redhotmama
Can you say more about subscribing? I never learned this rule...
Sure! Many people think to subscribe to a thread (and get updates via email or in your UserCP) that they have to reply to the thread. Actually, there is a way to subscribe and not have to post. At the top right of the thread above the first post is in there is a link called 'Thread Tools'. Clicking that gives you a drop down menu. One of the choices is 'Subscribe to this thread'. Choose that and it will take you through choosing if you want emails or just track it in your USERCP, etc. for that thread.
Another fun fact -- set your posts per page setting to higher than the default, and it's even easier to keep up with long threads.
UserCP -> Edit Options -> Thread Display Options -> Number of Posts to Show Per Page