The quick back story is that I answered a couple of bounty questions and suddenly found myself with enough points to participate in activities like first-post reviews. Now I want to contribute to this site beyond just the usual Q&A, and I like the way the reputation system works, but I feel that if I start diving in to the review queues too soon that it may be received poorly and damage my reputation (not just in the number next to my name).
Are these fears unfounded? Have I really earned the right to participate in these higher functions or is there something else that needs to be seen from my contributions to the site before I take on more responsibility? The last thing I want to do is ruin someone's experience because I should have waited longer to accrue more experience.