Hello and welcome, Joyce
What kinds of teas are you most fond of? I hope you will take part in TeaDay and let us know what's in your cup!
About your links question, there is a thread under this forum (Introduction to TeaChat) called TeaChat Etiquette
which explains the do's and don'ts for both newbies and "oldbies". The salient section is this one, I think:
6. The discussion of particular tea vendors is allowed, both good and bad experiences provided that the information is factual. False testimonials will be removed. New members with less than 6 posts and less than 30 days membership shall not post links.
7. Vendors may not place links or e-mail addresses on this forum leading to their businesses. This is not a place for free advertising (unless its through word-of mouth of members in good standing).
(I imagine this is meant to encourage genuine participation and discourage "spam" posts from folks who join primarily to try and sell stuff.)
I wish the signature feature did work, incidentally, since I have plenty of funny tea quotes that I would just LOVE to use