What I was trying to point out is that I think both you and the original poster have it wrong. Legitimate complaints about Gnome (3) are based on neither the amount of caring for "grand design" nor feature creep/removal. It is far more mundane than that. As I said, it is essentially a utilitarian problem.
People were able to do certain things the old way. They find that in the new system they either cannot do them or that they are more cumbersome. That's about it. They couldn't give a toss about the rest.
So, the pertinence of my comment in relation to Gnome design is in the fact that that design is concerning itself with irrelevancies (i.e. the philosophy), so it cannot possibly be the source of legitimate complaints.