And ironically they have alienated themselves from all the new-user friendly distros.
How do they expect to attract "Ma & Pa" users? With Fedora?
On the other hand they have alienated long time users by dropping functionality and making common tasks harder or require more clicks/mouse. Taking a hard line on annoying things like the accessibility icon not being removed from the (largely useless and wasted) panel.
Not to mention a bunch of hostile personalities representing the project here on LWN (including attacking the editors and writers).
I still follow planet.gnome.org, but not sure where I will go in the next distro cycle. Ubuntu is dropping GNOME 2. Fedora has swallowed the GNOME 3 pill.
A major set back for the Linux desktop. Hopefully XFCE is up to scratch.