The problem with GNOME3 is not their vision but that they didn't leave the old version in place while they created it. You should be able to upgrade any distro from GNOME2 to GNOME3 without seeing any differences. Your old interfaces should remain intact and in place.
That doesn't happen with something like Ubuntu 12.04.
They didn't just make something new. They trashed the old stuff while they were at it. They made new forks necessary just by refusing to leave the old stuff alone.