"I've read MiniMe is more for the advanced users and I'm not sure if that means I need to be a programmer type, or simply someone who's got a lot of experience using PCLOS."
i have probably the same amount of experience with pclinux as you do and last time i tried minime, i couldn't do anything with it and had to install the normal version
i wouldn't install fullmonty because it has too much, but minime would ask me to add everything
minime is basically kde4 and a kernel with other very basic tools but nothing big to remain under the size of a 700mb cd, possibly it doesn't come with multimedia apps and other basic tools like k3b or kwrite
probably everything you need has to be added and add what you don't know you need or the exact name is a bit complicated, at least for me
i would install 2012.08 and remove things, it is faster than add many things i don't remember
"It can't be that difficult to add what I need can it? It's as simple as using Synaptic, correct?"
true, but the same applies to remove things, just use synaptic
"If I want to use the full KDE package, is it a simple upgrade through Synaptic as well?"
i0m not sure what you call full kde package, that probably comes on the minime, kde4 environment with the basic desktop but probably what you need it to be, is not what you are going to get