So, I'm back on #gnome3
popped up on the non-testing Arch repos. For the most part, the more dramatic visual changes have either been an improvement (like the tweak tool) or a side grade (like the fat window bars that incorporate more settings.)
I'm not horribly dissatisfied with the out of the box experience, but I must say that I'm eagerly awaiting a couple extensions being upgraded (particularly Advanced Sound Control)
Gnome seems to have listened to people complaining and has a specific option to allow middle-click paste to work, how it functions when turned off I do not know, as I use that feature so often I was seriously considering what I'd do if Gnome removed it as suggested they might.
As things are now, I'm liking Gnome3 still, and cautiously optimistic about where 3.12 and 3.14 will go.