Well, first off, the newbie's guide to the universe shows everything that you could possibly need to succeed at this forum. Then comes the rules, which is also a must. If you want to get adopted, there is a thread here in newbie central entitled Adoption Central 2, where you can request for adoption. That's pretty much a quick friend request, and for someone who can show you the ropes. ^^
So, if you have any other questions, PM me, and I'll help you as much as I can. ^^
Half-assed art is flattering, no?
Adopt-apopped CrankyCarter and (maybe) Shaun xD when he confirms.