What does Gnome not do that you want it to?
People always complain about this, but what are these awesome features I should be using that Gnome won't allow? I'd honestly love to know, 'cuz there must be all kinds of great workflow-enhancing, appearance-improving shit out there that I just don't know about and that Gnome won't permit me to use.
The only time I've run in to this was the spatial folder view crap, but that was trivial to turn off even then and IIRC they saw the light very soon after and made it a checkbox in an options dialogue.
The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.