Also, if they are not listening to their current set of users how will Gnome folks be able to listen to their next set of users?
just because we are not replying, it doesn't mean we're not listening. actually, we're listening to everyone and adjusting the UX every day. it takes time, and we cannot fix stuff retroactively: if you can get us a DeLorean on the cheap we might be able to fix some stuff; the FHS knows how I would like to fix some of the crap GTK+ still has to string along for compatibility with insane apps.
as a side note, though: don't assume that, just because you're a current user, you should be listened to religiously. especially if we want to have more users. making the Linux kernel developers crowd happy is orthogonal in many more ways than one to the goal of getting more users - unless we wanted to get more traction in the Linux kernel developers user segment; which, as Daniel so eloquently put it, is statistically even more irrelevant than the current desktop Linux user segment.
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