Last July last year I switched from Gnome3 to KDE, you can read that post here
At first I was fine with running KDE, but lately I have been a bit unhappy with the look of KDE, been trying out a lot of themes but didn't find any that I really liked. Since many websites are lacking support for dark desktop themes I went back to the default Oxygen theme, but a gray theme is a bit boring.
However since there seems to be a upswing for Qt I wanted to use a Qt-based desktop, I was hoping for projects like LXQt and I tried the 0.7.0 release but I felt it had the same issue with the themes as KDE. There is also the Hawaii desktop environment that run on Wayland, but I havn't tried it that since it lacks drivers for Virtualbox.
I did a quick test of Elementary OS, which I found was very good looking, but it lacked way to much configurability. But it made me actually like the of a Mac-like dock instead of the traditional task panel. And when searching for available docks most of them are for Gnome GTK, however there are some for KDE like the Fancy tasks and Daisy Docks but I found both of them to be either buggy or not behaving the way I want.
So I decided to give Gnome 3 another try. So now I am running Gnome 3.8.4 (the current Gnome release on Debian Testing) and Docky. Here is a screenshot:
So far I am very pleased, feels much more modern then KDE. I do however notice how much features they have removed from the old Gnome 2 days. No transparent background in the terminal? who decided that. The file manager has also been striped from some options like how to handle preview of images on remote shares, but I can however live with these changes since it looks so good.
Last time I used Gnome I used a lot of extensions to make Gnome usable which was one of the reason for my switch to KDE, but this time around the only extension that I have added is the alternative Alt-tab extension since I find the default alt-tab behaviour counter productive.