> Call me cynical, but I suspect this was "Plan A" from the start.
"Cynical"? "Suspect"? What's wrong with you people?! You make it sound like developing GNOME 3 was a big conspiracy with the only goal of conning people into using the fallback mode and then drop that when users expect it the least. And now you're saying "I told you so! I suspected it from the start!" :)