This blog will cover a community that I am in that helps me stay in the loop of any Linux Mint information I may need.
The community I have been in is the Linux Mint Forums... Suprise Suprise…
I’m going to break this down into sections;
- Two examples of participation
The Linux Mint Forums is a massive community of users who offer advice and news about the Mint distro, this provides valuable information for new and experienced users. The forums have a huge list of categories to choose from.
As you can see there is a huge range to choose from and the forum is very active and posts are normally answered under 24 hours.
Like any forum, Linux Mint Forums has its own share of rules as can be seen below.
1] Respect the Forum Staff
 Do not be Offensive or Abusive
 No SPAM or Advertisements
 No Illegal Material
[5a] Do not Troll
[5b] No Dangerous Commands
These rules are a solid grounding for any forum but with Linux users, there are some unspoken rules that we all go by, and that is we respect other Linux distro users no matter what distro they may be using.
In the Linux community, you tend to get a few elitist come out and discriminate against users using a specific distro and that can really put new users off.
Some specific rules to the forum are as follows.
 Search Before Posting
- Search the Linux Mint forums and Google for questions before posting.
- As the forum search function is very limited, you should consider searching the Linux Mint forum site with Google, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo or your favorite search engine by entering site:forums.linuxmint.com with your search query.
 New Questions Deserve New Topics
- Do not add new questions to existing topics, start your own instead! This will make it easier for other members to provide support. This includes hijacking, do not ask unrelated questions in a user’s existing support topic.
- Do not resurrect support topics older than 6 months, outdated information can cause issues with newer releases.
 Consider Which Forum Section To Post
- Posting to specific sections can make it easier for others to provide assistance and for future searches. For example, if you are having a specific software issue, post to “Software and Applications” section instead of “Newbie Questions”.
 Use Informative Titles
- Use a title that is specific. Do not use titles such as, “HELP ME!!!” or “linuxmint fails”. Instead, make titles that define the problem in a clear and concise manner such as, “Kernel Panic: Wifi Intel 3945AGN”. A clear title will attract more views to the topic.
 Details! Details! Details!
- Include the version and architecture (32-bit, 64-bit) of Linux Mint.
- List any relevant hardware or software specifications. ‘inxi’ is a useful terminal command for listing this. Use inxi -h for help. Generally it suffices to type the following in terminal and include the output in your post -> inxi -Fxz
- List what Display Environment you are using if relevant (GNOME, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, etc).
- If you have output errors, list them in their entirety.
- When posting output of commands use the “Code” tags if it is more than 2 or 3 lines long – this makes it more readable
- If your Linux Mint installation isn’t in English, prefix any commands that you want to share output of with LC_ALL=C. That forces output to be English. For example instead of running the command “make”, you’d run the command “LC_ALL=C make”.
 Use Default Font Size and Colors
- Use of bold and italic can help convey meaning in a post – but use them sparingly and with cause.
- Please don’t use coloured text
- Refrain from using <CAPS> lock on posts – it gives one the impression the user is screaming.
- Avoid jargon and slang, speak in plain language.
- Please don’t use excessive punctuation – one “?” or “!” is always enough
 Use Images Sparingly
- Images may help explain something more clearly or indicate a problem you are experiencing better – but use them sparingly and with cause.
- Please use the [rimg] tag instead of the [img] tag for large images, which will create a thumbnail automatically.
- Remember that not everyone has the same bandwidth, so use thumbnails.
 Do Not Cross-Post
- Do not create identical topics across multiple forum sections. Cross-posting creates unnecessary work for community users by separating potential answers and solutions – do not do it.
 Indicate Solved Topics
- When an issue has been resolved for you, please edit the original post to include <SOLVED> in the title. This provides a good indicator for users with a similar problem to check out the topic. Please make sure the solution that worked for you is clearly indicated, especially if more than one solution has been proposed. If your solution came from outside the forum then describe it or post a link to it. Following these simple instructions will help other users find success solving similar problems.
- Posting one word to bump a topic is generally discouraged. Try to research the problem and be patient for a solution. If nobody has responded within 48 hours, you may bump the topic to promote attention.
- To bump a topic, scroll to the bottom of the topic and click Bump topic, by Board index, Subscribe topic, and Bookmark topic (the Bump topic link will appear 48 hours after the last response).
 Report Bad Posts
- The forum staff cannot moderate every single post and message, it is inevitable that some inappropriate posts are missed. If you see a post in violation of the Linux Mint Rules, please report it. Topics can be reported by clicking the exclamation mark “!” on the option buttons of a post.
 We’ve All Been Green
- We have all been a newbie to GNU/Linux. Some users are harder to help than others, but remain respectful.
- Assume a user is green unless otherwise certain. Provide detailed instructions and avoid technical jargon, slang, and procedures we take for granted.
- If you are unsure of your instructions, or the instructions carry a risk – tell the user this.
 Private Message (PM)
- Do not PM or e-mail forum members for support questions without prior consent. Those who help do so in their free time, and prefer to respond to topics of choice rather than being singled out.
Examples of Participation
So while I’ve been using Linux Mint I have had my fair share of issues which I have posted to the forum, here are two screen shots of posts I’ve added to the forum.
I really like the Linux Mint community and I recommend anyone using it to sign up 🙂