I remember the conversion from 1 to 2, and 2 was very busted. The complaints were that there was a lot of functionality that was lost with that conversion. The result was that gnome2 went through a very painful transformation to bring back those lost features.
Yes people want to go back to gnome2, but not to the gnome2 that was released in the beginning, but to the gnome2 that grew to do what the users want.
Yes it looks very familiar, but this time around it seems that the developers are trying harder not to listen to the complaints. Instead we have Cinnamon and addons that seems to move gnome to what users want. Yes, it does seem that history is repeating itself. But I don't want to go through that pain again, and just moved to xfce. Maybe I'll come back after gnome is done with the growing pains.