On the left side of your post is the date and time that the post was made. On the right side is the post number. This can be anything from 1 to tens or hundreds of thousands.
The little grey star icon is used to access the Reputation system. The Reputation system can be used to express your agreement or disagreement with a person's post. Clicking the grey scale will bring up a pop-up box with two choices: I Agree, or I Disagree.
Choosing "I Agree" will give the recipient of the post 'green' points, adding a number of points to a person's reputation, from 0 to as high as 20+ (depending upon a user's length of registration, number of rep points themselves, and other super-secret factors). Giving out red rep points will subtract one point from the recipient's reputation.
There is also the opportunity to add a comment to the reputation points. It should be noted that while the moderators do NOT police the Reputation system, we WILL police the comments left -- so please insure that any comments you leave fit within the rules of this forum.
From time to time you may find a post you believe might violate the forum's rules, and need to report it to the moderators. Just look for the black and white triangle icon in the top-right cover of the post. Click on it to access the Report Post dialogue box. The report post feature has many uses.
The main use is to report posts that break the forum's rules. This includes posts that contain language inappropriate to a PG forum; posts that have photos that are too wide (over 700 pixels) and are breaking the bounds of the forum; posts that contain personal attacks upon other users or members of the cast and crew; etc. It can also be used to report spam and other posts that simply have no place on a PG science fiction forum.
The Report Post feature should also be used to report threads that need to be merged, moved to another folder, etc.
It can also be used to make other requests for action, such as the changing of titles of a thread, or requests to edit some aspects of a thread, such as adding a poll, closing a poll, inserting spoiler tags and other maintenance procedures of a thread.
We do have an "Ask the Mods" thread in the Forum Announcements area, however that thread is for non-maintenance related issues. When the Report Post feature is used, every mod will receive an e-mail containing links to the pertinent thread along with whatever information you type in. When at all possible, please use the Report Post feature for any calls to action or needs for action in a thread and preserve the Ask the Mods thread for questions about the forum as a whole.