I second reading through the older posts - it will answer a lot of your questions, plus the questions which you didn't know you had! Then we can help fill in the blanks and give a check on anything that you're unsure about
Questions are most welcome! Remember that anything you think is a "dumb" question is something we all had to learn, also. And there are people out there wondering the same thing that will never ask. So, ask away!
Welcome to the forum. There's a lot of great information here but more importantly we have great people here that are ever willing to guide the new soapers thru their first ever batch or help troubleshoot your 100th batch. These are just awesome people. Since you intend to ask questions, this is my advice to you, everyone here is unique, their life experiences are different and so are their perspectives. So some of the answers may seem negative to you at times, but trust me, they all come from the right place, of wanting you to learn and succeed.
Welcome to the addiction.