He's just expressing an opinion, Adam. One which is no doubt unpopular in some circles, but one which pretty accurately described Gnome 3 on it's initial release into F15. It's worlds away from there now, but it felt a helluva lot like user lock-in when it first hit the streets. Now it's a bunch more flexible.
Much to the chagrin of the purists and artists, no doubt. <..
But it moves on. In fits and starts, to be sure, but it moves on. Just like the debate, and just like the community. And in both cases, it tends to get a bit spirited.