When I said, “I use Linux Mint as my main desktop at home.”, I was apparently and jokingly ridiculed by my colleague because “it’s for beginners.”
I used to like to use computers for the sake of using computers and I still do to a degree, but I don’t believe that using Linux Mint makes you a novice Linux user. There are so many configurations I don’t even have to deal with so that I can spend my time for better things like working on more useful software.
Let’s not categorize people who use certain distro as novice or advanced users. What’s important is what you do with the OSes.