1)This is not a democracy. Nor is GNOME a democracy.
If there is even on a development mailing list no democracy, why asking the community to support Fedora? Sorry, but if you think that you don't need democracy in an open source project you are on the complete wrong track.
Here we have Mark and other people disagreeing with choices that have
been made. They are very passionate about their opinion. The current
maintainers and developers disagree. They've listened, the responded,
they still disagree. So other than not agreeing what did they do wrong
They might have listen but they didn't argue why this setting is in the package. They simply say, that's what we like and what the majority of users like (without any given statistics). Fact is, no other bigger distribution (Ubuntu, SuSE) nor Windows nor Mac OS use spatial view but appreantly this completly ignored.
disagree and will not be making the requested change? What exactly
should have been done differently in the main conversation in this
thread that would have made people feel better about the decision to
not change the default setting to what they believe is reasonable?
If you behave different compared to all other I would expect strong reasons for this decision. I didn't saw this strong reasons yet, maybe I've didn't saw them.
But I said I'd play. So let's play. What are people doing wrong in
how they are communicating their disagreement?
They didn't present the strong reason why going a different way.