Can you give some examples what's bloated in KDE? I find only usefull options here. If Gnome makes the job easier it's also highly subjective. This "philosophy" just doesn't allow me to do what I want and to have what I want to have. How long were you waiting for tabs in Thunar, because it wasn't clear if it's "right path"?
However tastes are different.
P.S. I don't like when some guru decides what's best for me and treats me like an idiot. If I don't like some feature I disable or ignore it.
P.S. 2 Really bloated was KDE 3, but KDE 4 is much slimmer IMHO.
P.S. 3 Sorry for frequently editing, but I see mistakes while after posting.
[I don't believe they can do apps with same number of features as KDE apps, because I never experienced this] Sorry, they're able to: Exile and some another Amarok like player, GIMP, Open Office (it's not Gnome, but I thought it's hard to do KDE rich feature apps using Gtk*, because lack of some visual designer tools).