There has been a few questions recently regarding starting a new thread so I thought I'd post this instruction.
When you first arrive on ESMB you are on the "front page". On this page it shows you what forums make up ESMB.
The forums marked with a read cross are forums in which you can't start a new thread. You can reply to threads started in this section but you can't start one. This is where Admins & Mods can start threads regarding the board in general.
The forums marked with black arrows show the forums in which you can start new threads. Except for the forums marked with a red cross, you are free to start threads in most ESMB forums. I couldn't take a screen shot big enough to show this. If I could, most of the forums would have black arrows.
It is designed this way in the hope that people will start new threads in the appropriate forum. It doesn't always work out this way but it does help.
After reading the list of forums you might decide that "general discussion" is the right place to start your thread. If that is the case, click on general discussion and this is what you will see:
Notice the "POST NEW THREAD" button? That's what you click on to start a new thread in the forum you chose earlier.
While we are on the subject, please take a little care to place your thread in the right forum. It saves a lot of work later when the mods have to "re-home" threads that are in the wrong area.