1) No, I've long since given up on FFM in Gnome. I'm talking about all the workflow that Gnome 3 changed. Every simple task that an end user has to relearn. Whenever a Gnome 2 user is confused by Gnome 3, that's the sign of a UI regression. A few regressions in a release are fine (the panel definitely needed to go), but widespread regressions are pure frustration to people who just want to get their work done.
2) Let me get this straight, you disagree with "people tend to dislike relearning how to do simple things"? I'm happy to go digging for citations but, if I find them, I'd like you to acknowledge that you were wrong.
> I don't think not changing anything ever is the solution to this
When have I ever advocated this? That sounds horrible. There's a huge, very usable gray area between stagnant and change-everything..
It seems like where we differ is how much empathy we have for the end user. I believe people get used to a certain way of doing things and would like to continue using their knowledge, muscle memory, and chosen desktop environment. Habits can be changed, gradually. You seem to think that a brand new, mostly-working tablety UI trumps all that. So be it. I just wish that DEs with this opinion weren't the Fedora default. I think it's giving Linux on the Desktop a bad reputation.
There's no doubt Gnome 3 will mature and become popular again. I just don't acknowledge the need for this painful transition period.