I may be an extreme minority here, with how often people like to bash GNOME 3 at every opportunity here on slashdot. But slashdot likes to amplify vocal minorities too, so who knows.
What I do know is I honestly, really like GNOME 3. For desktops. I held off on switching for a long time because I kept hearing how it was terrible, but I finally switched about 2 weeks ago and I love it.
This is going to sound weird, considering most people describe it as bloated, but I love how minimal it is. I love how everything gets out of your way. There's no launcher, there's no desktop icons, the only permanent bar is the clock at the top. If you want to launch something, all applications are only a corner mouse throw or key press away.
I like how if I want to switch to an already open window, I just hit [Super] and type in the application name and hit enter, and it brings me to it. Most people apparently don't like how this doesn't open a new application instance, but I switch applications more often than I open new ones, and this method is a lot easier than alt-tabbing through a ton of windows or using the taskbar for me. If I really want to open a new window, I use [Control]-Enter instead. It's no big deal.
Before I switched to GNOME 3, I used XFCE with a single launcher bar attached to the middle right side of the screen, and used the option to replace the icons on the desktop with nothing, and a right-click application menu. I used the launcher bar for the 3 applications I used the most, and nothing else. So maybe my workflow was already close to what GNOME 3 expects, and maybe that's why I like it. I just want to let you know that there are people out here that do genuinely like it, because it seems like everybody here seems to think that it was a huge mistake by GNOME and everybody hates it and how could you possibly like it it's horrible. I like it.