@ jdhayes117: If you are unaware of the problems people have with OS X then you don't read as widely as you think you do. Just because you have had no trouble with Lion does not mean others have not. Few problems are ever universal; that does not mean they are unimportant. The last security update for Snow Leopard broke Rosetta, causing a general panic among the many users who still rely on PPC apps. Apple patched it a few days later. If you no longer use Snow Leopard you would not have encountered this issue. The OS X 10.7.3 update downloaded via Software Update did a great deal of damage to some people's systems, rendering them inoperable. Apple patched this as well. The patches indicate the trouble was not a result of user error but of faulty quality control at Apple. For whatever reason the Combo Update (which I always use for this very reason) did not include the problem - and it is now the only version of 10.7.3 available on the Apple Downloads site. Both of these buggy updates were released on the same day, February 1, 2012. Back in July Apple had to release an update to the buggy OS X 10.6.8 update. There were also several supplemental updates for 10.6.7 to fix serious problems with the original version. You may not share my concern, but I see a persistent and accelerating pattern here.
Of the Lion issues I list in the first paragraph, none are minor or reversible. There are some features that can be reversed, like "natural" scrolling, if you know where to look. You can find Show the Status Bar in the Finder View menu; the bar is hidden by default. You can turn on scroll bars, though they are still too thin and ugly and harder to use than before. You can avoid Launchpad, as most power users do because of its lack of organization and management capabilities. You don't have to use Arrange By if it's too complex and confusing.
Your mistake is a common one: You extrapolate from your own experience to the experience of others. This error of logic is prevalent among those who have problems as well as those who do not. Thus some of the complaints about Lion, like some of the praise, has been overblown. It seems people have such a strong need to be right that they presume their experience is universal; what's worse, in order to buttress their presumption they often feel compelled to belittle or even ignore the experiences of others when those experiences do not validate their point of view.
Certainly there are some usable and even excellent features in Lion. And there will be more in Mountain Lion. But these don't excuse the bummers. How good or bad Lion seems depends on how it affects an individual's workflow. This is a consistent variable and no one's experience, good or bad, is shared by everyone. A fair analysis takes account of the variables and dismisses no one's experience out of hand.
Hubris on your part again. You accuse me of the very thing you have done twice. And, oh by the way, while I don't disagree that SOME users had bugs with the upgrades, I submit that by comparison with those that did not, you are overstating the problems. And I never said I was unaware of the problems, only that they were limited to a small subset of the Mac population. Your post makes it appear as if everyone was having the problems...which is exactly what you are accusing me of...
The "issues" you mention do change workflow a bit, and do take some getting used to. That does not mean they are necessarily bad, just different. I think I understand where Apple is going though. Large numbers of users, both the Apple faithful and new users are now acquiring both iOS devices and Macs. Apple is trying to standardize the user experience across both and further, to integrate cloud services. That is going to require some changes. That you do not like them does not mean they are bad or wrong. I suspect, like many of the other changes Apple has made over the years, in a short period of time these new ways of operating will be second nature and none of us will care...until the next time they make a change. Remind your self that Apple is selling to huge numbers of new users, many of whom (like my mother) are not tech savvy. Apple is trying to build a system for them. For the rest of us, who have been with the platform for decades, some of these changes break our workflow...which developed as it did because of the way the system operated previously, not because it was better or worse, just because that's the way it was.