Welcome to the forums! You need to have 25points and 15 posts before you can become a full member and can then have an Avi picture, post pictures, have a signature, start new threads, edit posts , post links that show up correctly and have quotes appear in grey boxes . This thread explains about it.http://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/934205/small-change-for-new-members#latest
You receive a point each time another simmer presses like or awesome or insightful on a post that you have posted in a thread created by another simmer. The off topic section is a good place to start postInghttp://forums.thesims.com/en_US/categories/off-topic-chat
This post explains about the badges that you can earn points through also.http://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/comment/16043647/#Comment_16043647
The Sims 4 Help section on this forum is now read only. New threads are unable to be started in the help section , and already started threads there can’t be posted on.