If you click on a project on the Linux Mint GitHub page (https://github.com/linuxmint
), you can see on the right the link to the list of open issues, open pull requests of changes submitted for review by others, and at the top right also the fork button to take a copy of the project to your own account. You work on a project with a copy of it on your own account, and you make a pull request to request the developers of the project to review your changes and possibly pull your changes into the main source. It's worth your time learning what git is and why
I have some links on the other topic I linked you to for that.
Suggest you also take a look at the blog posts with Linux Mint 16 RC announcements, as the RC is currently publicly being tested before a final release is pushed out. Users post their findings there. Perhaps for any issues with the Mint tools you can pitch in.
The IRC isn't always busy, so depending on your timezone and availability during the week I'd try it on different times of the day also. If you want to help out, if you just start doing so by commenting on open issues on the various projects--whether you could reproduce them and possibly if you think you found a cause--that will be appreciated by the team. Saying hi to Clem and telling him you are a Python programmer and interested in helping out on the Mint tools is something you should do also. Get in with the team
It might be a bit hectic and very busy right now, as the team is clamoring to go through all the findings and fixing things up before the final release later this month.
I'm closing down for today, so not meeting you on IRC today. Perhaps catch you another day