This means you should have a toolbar that looks like this;
and you should have an area to update your status that looks like this;
If you do not have those then this means you have not validated your account.
YOU MUST VALIDATE YOUR ACCOUNT to have full access to the site.
Be sure to check the email address you used at sign up for the validation email including your SPAM FOLDER and validate your account.
If you can not locate the email just place your mouse on the My Profile Tab and click on Change Email & Password from the drop down menu, scroll down and click on the resend validation email link.
Go to your email and retrieve the validation email and follow the instructions to validate your account.
If you have any problems, questions or concerns before you use the Contact Us form, please be sure to read the onsite information and you can also drop me an email on the site or at firstname.lastname@example.org