No I sure wasn't trying to rate my own posts. Thank you so much for explaining this to me. I am a complete computer dummy, as is obvious.
I thought I had done something terribly wrong in my posts and that was why I didn't have the icons. From what I could see everyone had the icons except me. You have answered a question that has been bugging me for a long time. Thanks for taking the time to answer a question that probably seemed extremely stupid to you.
BTW corresponded with a moderator today who helped immensely with another issue
and assured me I had done nothing wrong but didn't explain the icon thing.
I don't post too often, so now that I know I haven't committed some mortal posting sin, I can rest easy.