We need a fork of gnome 3 that has the gnome 2 user experience. Or in other words, gnome 2 potted over to the new gtk3 libs.
I've started minimally on this, but it's a huuuge amount of work. More than I can do given my schedule (full time school and full time work == no personal time).
I hope to at least get it to the "builds installs and runs" stage so that it's worth asking for more community involvement. Named EXDE mostly because all the other names I could think up don't have an available domain name. (pronounced Ex-Dee, or EXalted DEsktop.).
Gnome 2 needs more work. The panel is too configurable in a bad way (too easy for a user to render it unusable, and the applet placement has always been annoying) and there's plenty of bugs and usability nits to address. It's just unfortunate that the gnome guys decided that instead of fixing those they'd just add a shitload of new ones instead.