If you complain early it's "Don't complain now, it's still in development!"
If you complain at release time it's "This is an early release, please hold judgement."
If you complain late it's "You should have filed a complaint before the decision was made."
The actual process that apparently should have been followed by concerned parties when they found GNOME 3.0 to be a problem is this:
1) Travel back in time 2 years
2) Join the GNOME project
3) Propose an alternative user interface paradigm
4) Write most or all of that alternative
5) Convince most other GNOME maintainers to buy in to your vision
6) Convince most GNOME designers to buy in to your vision
7) Convince everyone that alternative proposals like Shell are not as good
8) Continue to support and defend your idea throughout development
People who are not willing to perform the above steps obviously do not have sufficient interest in the outcome and have no right to a say in the direction of the GNOME project.
For those people who *did do* all of the above (okay, maybe not time travel) it probably seems *really unreasonable* for people who did not to be complaining all the way at the end (or at all).
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