I like Gnome 3 too, but for a different reason. I just find it simple enough. Thing is, everyone's workflow is different, and mine is extremely simplified - I need a web browser, gterms, and multiple desktops, that's it. So Gnome's ultra clean interface appeals to me.
That said, I can certainly understand not liking Gnome 3, but it really seems out of proportion. After thinking about it a bit, I wonder if the hate is not because of the interface per se, but rather that the Gnome developers made a huge, unsanctioned change which affected a massive number of users. That sort of thing breaks a lot of trust.