after you setup your account, you can customize your choices.
Many like to receive emails, either individually or as a daily
digest. Many don't want any emails.
I prefer to go to the site and read through the message board, due to
the number of emails I get, plus you can follow the essence of each
thread easier, check for new photos etc.
You can choose to get or not get emails from others, or
notifications from Yahoo or the moderators etc.
My preference is not to hide the email addresses, so others can
contact you directly. You will notice on your postings (at the site)
that your personal email address is partly missing, this prevents the
spammers from getting it, and other members don't get it either. If
they click "send email" below the member's name, they can email you
and they still don't have your address. If you reply, only THEN do
they get your address. The system works well.
When you get to the site, you see a page with the latest 4 or 5
messages. I immediately click "Messages" on the left hand column and
then look for that first unread message.
To begin a NEW thread, click "Post" on the left column.
To track threads, while reading a message, scroll down and below the
message is a thread map.
To reply within a thread, while reading the message just click Reply
in the message window.
Note: You can't have attachments on your messages. (Although come
to think of it I *think* maybe if you add an attachment to a message
it does go out only to those who take email.)
For me it's better to put the attachment in my Photo folder or in the
Files section and add a link to it in the message. Cleaner, and no
one is wondering what the attachment was.