Getting a very clear roadmap that all the developers can (mostly) agree on is a very difficult thing to do, especially when you have a ton of developers with highly divergent personal opinions or corporate goals for the project and its supporting community.
Large amounts of code are going to be produced with or without a solid set of goals for GNOME 3.0. The hard part was getting consensus on what code should be produced, which in turn helps direct hackers energy towards more useful things than "yet another Gecko shell" or "yet another file manager" or whatever those hackers might've started working on otherwise.
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