Hello mods (again)! I don't know whats with me, I have so many questions!

1) I know how to make links say stuff on the boards, but how do I do it on my authors page? I've tried the same format, but it didn't work. I think I tried it with < and > instead of [ and ] but that didn't work either. Help

2) What exactly is a validated author? What is the point? Are the mods validated authors? Are any regular members validated authors? If so, how do you become one? (I don't want to be one, I actually like the suspense while its waiting in the queue and the feedback if it gets rejected, I was just wondering!)

3) Has the cut off inbox problem been addressed because mine is still cut off?

Thanks guys!
CJ