Re: Honest inquiry
"Does Gnome "do one thing and do it well"?
Nope, and I don't use it either. I even gave up on XFCE and switched to something simpler than that.
Gentoo is still init-system agnostic, and you are free to pick openrc, systemd, or whatever other init system people care to package.
I find systemd annoying when I have to do anything with Ubuntu, CentOS, Suse, etc. But, I haven't really report any problem with it -- all of my daily-use machines use openrc.