A point of clarification: I am nobody and nothing I say should be given any particular credence. And the end of the day, I'm just some guy on a mailing list airing my stupid, biased opinion. If I had been contacted for this story, I would have asked that my opinion be left out. No one should read this story and think that my perspective in any way represents even a fraction of the opinions of other GNOME people--indeed, if the responses I got on and off list are any indication--no one agreed with me.
GNOME doesn't have much in the way of organizational decision making and to the extent that anything is done with a degree of weight, it is through the attainment of super-majority consensus after some limited discourse. So, if I were to draw any conclusion from the thread it would be that most people are either happy with the status quo (tacitly, as the author puts it) or want to explicitly make an effort to provide pluggable back-ends.