As a long term user of Mint, i want first of all to thank the community and the mint team for their great work and contribution all these years.
Im using the new Mint 12 gnome for a couple of days and i have a suggestion to make for the gnome shell menu (aka activities).
Right now, when you click on it, you get a window list expo style but when there are no windows on desktop, you get a empty space.
I think it might be better if the menu brings up the Applications menu instead, if no windows exists. Or maybe it can be optional like the old Mint menu default view favorites/application option
I dont know if its possible to change it as is a part of gnome, but i also know that in linux world nothing is impossible