Thanks, for some reason I always forget there's a community section. Sorted out the privileges thing, btw. Are mailing lists still around?
It was literally the 90s when I last was on one.
Yup. Just as print media like old horse newspaper is still running strong inspite of TVs, 24 hr news channels, e-news, so are mailing lists going strong.
Still yahoo groups and google groups have a good userbase.
Services like feedburner (which requires a blog - not difficult to set up) can be very useful. You can have hundreds of feed and email subscribers (see www.thenextweb.com
Google + is also a useful. Each has their own advantages.
I do not use any of these
Regarding community section, I signed in due to the fact that I wanted to help Mint in some way, but since I am not technical, I could not help otehrs in forums, so I joined community and started voting or ideas and managed to create a few ideas
There are many users dedicated only to community like kazztan, compuman2004, alexio, blueXrider (has less than 100 posts in forums). They do not interact in forums.
Problem it that this section 'Ideas and thoughts' is there since beginning of Mint and according to McLovin (community mod and a dev), it wil not be removed or locked (unlike bug reporting). Later, as mint grew, we now have a dedicated website for tutorials and ideas. Now the problem is that where to post? Some prefer forums as you can have long discussions (or feel comfortable) and some prefer community. Community has a different feel than forums.
e.g. I posted Linux Beginner Search Engine, which got appreciation from community. Later Oscar799 asked me to write it as a tutorial.
Later I posted in forums in newbie section and is made sticky. So it is more useful to other people, as it can be easily found.
On the other hand, there are many ideas, which are one year old, but labelled as new. Mint releases new version every 6 months. Though we understand that Mint team is very small, still it's a bit dis-heartening.
I am a still puzzled as where to post
Coming back to the topic, positively, you may find some people who can give you helping hand. Note that this idea is considered by a mod on community. So even mods and devs wish of a wiki.
Just my 2 cents.