I would want to know what to configure in Mint after install e.g Install and enable firewall, run updates in update manager, what levels mean and which ones are safe, what is XFCE, KDE Cinnamon etc.
In the Newbie forum the first post is a sticky with 644 replies. What are your top tips for a Newbie?
Is a newbie expected to read all those? Can anyone seriously tell me that they have read all those replies? Ideally someone needs to go through and grab all the useful links & tips, remove the dead links and save it as a PDF and have it linked to in the first post. The person who started that post in 2010 has not even returned to the forums so did he really learn anything from the sticky? Newbies are also introducing themselves here. There could be a link to the Introduce Yourself section instead Introduce yourself
I only recently noticed the Tutorials section on the forum. I had to scroll right down the list to see the Tutorials section. Most newbies don't go there or even notice this. This section could be linked to in the first post in Newbies section. I recently posted a link in there which most newbies probably won't even see. Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition]
Another example how many newbies will actually come across this? : [TUTORIAL] Linux Mint Installation Guide for Beginners
Another example Tips/Tricks posted in another part of the forum: Linux: Tricks of the Trade -- tips from our members
Most newbies will come to the newbie forum to post an issue after installing Mint for the first time. They could come to a sticky locked post at the top "Getting Started for Newbies" This could have the best few links which can be continuously updated and a link to the official Mint PDF documentation. If the poster has gone then a moderator can take over the post and keep it updated. I think this would make newbies more comfortable.
I have been working in IT for 15 years but I had to search around the internet on what I needed to do when I first started, imagine a non technical person?
The Hardware Support forum could have a sticky which links to the hardware compatibility list. I came across this after a long time. Hardware Devices
The newbie section is by far the most active on the whole forum and I think it would be a great way to catch newbies attention and direct them to the most common steps/tools.
I just feel this is quite important as we are scaring away many potential Mint users or people are getting frustrated by not being able to find the information they need then going back to using Windows. In addition I think we will get many more people interacting on the Forums and not just posting a few newbie posts then going away. Also not everyone likes to register on a forum, verify their email then post a question. If they found the answer to common questions in the first post that would be less frustrating for them.
So the Newbies Sticky could look something like this:
- LM Official Documentation: Linux Mint User Guides
- HW Compatibility list: Linux Mint Community - Hardware
- LM Guide by Forum Members: (Link to PDF Here)
- Linux Terminal Most Common/Useful Commands: (Link Here)
- Newbies Introduce Yourselves Here: Introduce yourself
- Cinnamon Customisation: Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] (external link)
- LM Tips Homepage for Beginners: Easy Linux tips for beginners and for advanced users by Pjotr (external link)
The long term Mint users should know what should go into that post and newbies could also suggest what they want to see. I don't mind contributing towards this.