In the past one of the strengths of Gnome was the quality of its applications: Nautilus, GEdit, Evince, EoG, Terminal, etc. This was actually one of the reasons behind the success with Unity, with all these great applications behind the user experience improved considerably.
Unfortunately Gnome has diverged from the desktop in recent years, producing an environment with different (and unclear) goals. This has been having a negative impact on its applications, notably on Nautilus, but the side effects go beyond that. One of the consequences of this degradation in Gnome applications is their lack of integration with Unity. I just found out that Evince is no longer accessible from the HUD, apparently as a pure design option. Going forward I expect this sort of issues to become more serious and eventually affect all Gnome applications.
Just as the Mint folk forked Nautilus when its usability started to be visibly degraded, I feel that all these once good Gnome applications should be forked for Unity.
What do you think? Would this be something useful? Would it square with the long term path Ubuntu is taking?
I am quite willing to contribute to such a project, although I may be missing some of the knowledge at the moment. If other folk are willing to join this can become way easier.