One problem I have noticed with Linux distro promotions is that they most always assume the user knows what Linux. I recently got a friend to try Linux and almost forgot to explain to him what a package manager or the repos are because I'm so used to it, but when he did find out about it he was blown away by the amount of good, free software so easily available and updated. I was going to pull up a list of Linux Mints features and say we should also include this and this, etc. but I couldn't even find that.
I think we need a new website not to replace this one, but to work as a "store front" for promoting Linux Mint. Something similar to this:http://www.verdow.com/
This is a website I hand-coded for a final in an intro web-design class. It has some issues (use Opera if possible) and was written about Linux in general, but the general idea behind it is exactly what I'm thinking we need.
I was looking at the other thread for promo banners and then I started looking at the website we have now and I realised, we have nothing good to link to. The website we have now is good for us who already know and use Linux Mint, but if someone sees a banner somewhere and clicks on it out of curiosity and comes to this site, they're not going to have any clue what Linux Mint is.
I have lots of other promotional ideas, but right now I think this needs to be done before anything else. I also know you guys (the official Mint people) are probably pretty busy and creating an additional website would be a lot of work, but think that if this is left completely up to the community with no clear leadership it might never get done, or get done very poorly from lack of a clear or common vision. Consequently, I would like to be put in charge of creating and maintaining this new website.
I had been looking for a way to get more involved and just recently started by subscribing to the Newbie Questions thread and answering as many questions as I could. I also did a few panels on Linux at a gaming convention earlier this year, but have yet to be officially involved in the community.
I am not a professional web developer, but I have a good eye, I can write clean html/css code, and I have the vision and drive. This sort of site is static, within my capabilities and is something I'd like to take on. I recently created a website for the photography studio I work at that you can see here (I did use a template though): http://www.lakeviewphoto.com
I have a very clean and simple design philosophy that I think fits Linux Mint very well. Now I'm not planning on creating the whole website by myself and I will be asking for ideas and help from the community, but I do think we need at least one person in charge who has a final say so that this thing gets completed in a timely manner.
Let me know what you think. If you think I'm insane and this idea is stupid, you can tell me that too.
EDIT: If anyone from the Linux Mint team would like to speak to me directly, send me a PM and I can give you my phone number.