I don't have the blue box. I am signed in but no ability to start a thread
I see one at the top of THIS "open thread", as well as another at the bottom:I am going to guess that you are reading a thread or have one open when you are looking for the "start a new thread" box.
It isn't there when a thread is open.
Go to Forums (top of page) and click on the forum you want. Then the box shuld be there.
Yes, sorry, you're right. But this only lets you start a thread in this forum. You have to figure out how to find the forum you need in order to start a thread where it needs to be, such as Emergencies, Ducks, etc. We often have to move threads to their correct forum.