Guys, don't make silly excuses - somehow OS X managed to appeal to both developers and everyday users, so it's not impossible technically, is it?
If this is the common mindset amongst Gnome developers then i really think the Gnome3 people are deluding themselves if they argue against the facts laid out in that small discussion - they are attacking the messenger.
Gnome3 is crashing frequently and stands in the way of performing even the simplest of work-flow steps like being able to do a single-click start of an application.
I'm not at all sure whether Gnome3 will be able to broaden the appeal of Gnome towards people who have not used it before, but it sure has shrunk its appeal to those statistically insignificant number of people who were using the previous version, including myself.
Also, if they are not listening to their current set of users how will Gnome folks be able to listen to their next set of users?