Edit: Oh, and I never said anything about "right" or "wrong." That was you. I was, however talking about FACTS which are either true or not true.
The point I was making is that some people in this thread have been making claims that are potentially misleading to the mid-level OP who hasn't experienced endgame Minstrel play yet.
While YOU may have found some people who are willing to run content at endgame with a DPS-Minstrel in a world where healers are tough enough to come by as it is, that is not the experience of most Minstrel players. Most other players expect a Minstrel to heal in a group - and it's not an unreasonable expectation given that it is the original main-healing class as designated by the people who made the game one pixel at a time.
The OP deserves to know that people who play DPS-Minstrels in endgame 6-man (and higher) content are the exception and not the rule. IF the OP wishes to play a DPS role in endgame content on an every day basis, perhaps he/she would be better served by investigating other classes designed/more suited to that role. Of course, the OP is entitled to play his/her toon in any way he/she pleases.
My only desire is that if the OP chooses to play the class in a non-traditional way, that it be done with all the facts in mind. If he/she wants to do it, with the full understanding that others may not always understand, then great - I sincerely wish him/her all the best.
That being said, I DPS all the time in 3-man content and 3-man/Duo skirmishes. But that is not the same thing as 6/12-man content. Like Anardil, said there is a middle ground - but reading this thread a n00b could easily be led to believe that DPS in endgame 6-man instances is a normal part of being a Minstrel.
But hey, maybe I'm wrong! Show me how to do it and I will happily join you in telling all the new players that they too can be legitimate DPS in full fellowship content.
In the meantime, the only fair thing to do seems to be to inform the relatively inexperienced OP (no offense intended) that the I-don't-heal Minstrel is relatively rare and is likely to meet with some resistance in-game. If he/she decides to try it anyway well... He/She is free to make that choice. But why not have it be an informed one?