! Welcome to the BBS.
I wasn't aware of this, but apparently I'm a new member, too. This is what I'm seeing at the top of every page:
Welcome to our forums. Please don't be afraid to join in the discussions, or ask if you have any questions. As an anti-spamming feature, you will not be able to add an avatar or send private messages until you have been a member for two weeks and you have made 50 posts. As soon as you've done those things, you'll have access these great new features and this message will disappear. Thanks again for joining. Enjoy your stay!