Hi Joe. For my own use, I post discussions about topics to encourage more comments. I post a story if I just have something to say or share that others might find helpful without expecting as many comments.
Both areas are very similar, but stories were meant to actually be stories I think. How you started your business, the obstacles you had to overcome, etc.
It's been used to post articles on all topics making it similar to discussion topics though, so they've sort of become interchangeable.
As far as when you can post, I think you can now, but all posts have to be approved by a moderator.
Hi Joe, welcome to the community & thanks for your questions.
You can find your answers in the Community Guidelines at the bottom of the page. Hope this helps & please feel free to post away.