As a Debian Testing user Gnome 3 arrived on my desktop on Thursday last week. Well it is now Monday and I have deleted the main part of Gnome even if I still have some favourite Gnome programs installed.
I would just like to thank the XFCE developers who have spent so much time on it.
When I first started with Linux I was on KDE as a Mandriva user. Eventually I graduated to Debian and by default I got Gnome and I was very happy with it until last week.
Please continue to do what you're doing. You have got it right.