Cinnamon seems to be moving in the right direction
Easier configurability; Panel layout, desktop effects and steps taken towards applets/extensions. All good things that I'm sure will become even greater in the near future!
Edit: Also, thanks a bunch for improving the search behaviour of the Mint menu.
Even though I'm just one lone ranger, I'll add the 2.5 main "Issues" that's keeping me from using Gnome+Cinnamon as my main DE. Think of it as a wish list from one of your users
1. Ability to only hide top/bottom panel in "Classic" Desktop layout. My personal opinion is that the XFCE panel layout is superior, with one big panel at the top (window list, workspaces, clock, etc - gives you an overview at the top of the screen, since browers tabs are displayed in that general area as well), and one more narrow panel for application launchers at the bottom, set up to auto hide.
2. Performance of the Mint menu. There's significant latency when moving the cursor between parent categories (Accessories/Education/Graphics/etc), enough to negatively impact the user experience. I have a Geforce 7600 GT.
(3. Ability to configure the number of workspaces. I'm used to 3+ workspaces. Although this isn't significant, it would be nice not having to adjust my work flow to unnecessary limitations.)
Thanks alot for the work being put into Cinnamon, and I'm eagerly looking forward to the 1.3 release