... if we could just get people to search and read before asking the same questions over and over.
Yeah, well, the search feature on forums.linuxmint.com leaves something to be desired. When I want to find out something, I usually fall back on Google or DuckDuck, after trying all the combinations of words/phrases/quotation marks I can think of, using the linuxmint forum search engine.
For example, I was searching for articles on "stability" and whether I should downgrade to mint 13 LTS or stick with 15 cinnamon, because of weird errors and gliches I was experiencing. The most meaningful answer pointed me to this topic, which answered all of my questions. It would have been great if I could have found it on my own...
On the other hand, perhaps I don't know how to search properly.
On third hand, I may be a newbie to Linux, but I have two or three years of experience on a Sun SPARC workstation, running the Solaris flavour of Unix--in a corporate environment where the IT department kept things going. Nowadays, search engines are doing for me what the IT guys used to do.