In anticipation of my Nomad arriving, testing posting pics and videos to discourse as others seem to have problems with this.
yup, tried to upload pic and apparently "new users cannot upload pics".
did some googling and apparently default settings in discourse are that you need to do the following before you are trusted with image posting:
They can get to trust level 1 by...
entering at least 5 topics
reading at least 30 posts
spend a total of 10 minutes reading posts