Nico Nico Nii!~
For that last one, go to the top of the first post of a thread, then click on Thread Tools, and select "Subscribe to this thread". That will show up in your User CP on this forum, which is usually linked to in the top left corner of the page, depending on the forum skin you're using.
For that Beginner's Guide, for me, it's a matter of finding the energy to type one up. If someone else wants to write one up, they're more than welcome to, I just keep so busy offline that I'm usually drained of energy by the time I roll onto PC.