You know... I like GNOME 3, but I have the same feelings for it that I have for KDE Plasma. I like Plasma 5, but I still like KDE 3 (Trinity) more. Likewise, I like GNOME 2 (Mate) more than I like GNOME 3.
And honestly, if I *had* to pick a GTK3-based DE, it'd be XFCE, not stock GNOME. I just find it to work a bit better without the intense memory needs that GNOME has now.
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