I personally find GNOME 3 very slick and modern, and have grown to love it. Seriously, try it with Cairo Dock-gl, you won't miss anything about GNOME 2.
If I were the developers, I'd be angry. They built something awesome, even did it for free. And then there's all these nasty little ingrates on Slashdot, typing nasty little comments, whining and complaining. STFU!