What I found most depressing: the attitude of the devs who answered. I mean, the guy who opened the bug report surely wasn't ranting, he explained his points really well, and even if the last paragraph might look ad hominem it actually wasn't (the question "is anyone doing a thorough review of these ideas or is this a one man show?" is perfectly legitimate IMHO, especially on the basis of McCann's post). And what happens? here comes the Gnome police:
"Please keep comments technical and do not get personal by criticizing
particular developers for changes that you describe rather generically."
Conveniently ignoring all the technical explanation and focusing on one sentence with the clear intent to discourage further elaboration of the issue.
Have seen that happen elsewhere, even here on LWN. Reading that kind of reaction makes me feel like I'm staring deep into the abyss...