Gnome 1x w as a terrible terrible mess. 2x was much better, but people blasted gnome devs for the changes and dumbing down the interface.
Now people are blasting gnome devs again because I guess now gnome 2 is all of a sudden wonderful now the gnome devs are no longer working on it.
People need to cut the f-ing drama already. It isn't helping there case and I do not blame gnome devs being sensitive to 'tone' considering the massive shit they take every time they make a minor change. When people take every mention of gnome in any article on any website as a opportunity to act like children and say that the sky is falling it makes it really difficult to tell what is legit complaints and what is just people fuming with some alternate motive.