The longer you participate, your "status" will change. The campfires give a rough idea of how many posts you've made. You'll get your first one, I believe, after just 25 posts. It takes more and more posts to collect each new campfire. The open envelope indicates there has been a new post to that thread since your last visit.
Welcome aboard. If you're like most of us, you'll soon have a big blaze under your user name!
Jay & Peggy Monroe with Dolly
Can't take it with you - don't plan on leaving any behind
2016 Newmar London Aire 4553, Spartan chassis
Wrangler Unlimited toad