Personally, I also try to get bugs fixed rather than work around them. Either everybody will need to do that workaround or those that really need it fixed can just bump the minimum version. Yes, things can suck until they are fixed, but I can't remember any sound issues since Fedora 10 or 11 (and I've had a Rawhide machine since 14 or so). Maybe its selective memory, but they've not been major enough to mention in passing (Fedora 9 Beta however...). And, FWIW, this is what GNOME tries to do. As long as those refusing to do workarounds help in some way with the bugs (fixing, testing, documenting it, etc.), I see no issue with the approach.
Well, okay, flat volumes suck, but that's been added to my dotfiles.