I will never understand why people are so violently against having the option available, and why they think folders are the equivalent.
You know what I have trouble understanding?
There are dozens of roms in the android world that allow android to be leveraged in different ways. MIUI is what it is... and I don't foresee the philosophical underpinnings of this rom ever changing in a significant way... I don't understand why---given all the alternate android choices---people insist on using a rom that doesn't make them happy and expressing their unhappiness in a public way.
In other words... and I mean this in a nice way... MIUI is what it is and a whole lot of people love it for what it is... You don't like it? Find a rom you do like.
You know why you don't see other roms complaining about /having/ an app drawer? They have the option to go without that doesn't change the interface of their ROM.
And that's the main thing, when you break it all down. People like to have the option available, even if they're not going to take advantage of it; Android is effectively /built/ on that premise.
As an alternate view to folders, I personally feel that folders hinder my process so I instead minimise the amount of folders I use, effectively breaking it down to games, and apps. I don't categorise the apps in my head, when I wish to search for them, I instead simply know the name of what I'm searching for. Needing to remember that Facebook is in my social folder goes against my immediate instincts to simply look for Facebook. That's where the app drawer excels, in its simplicity.
I'm otherwise in complete agreeance that unnecessary additions are counter-productive... but that's only true of an app drawer if you're going out of your way to implement the extras.
MIUI is far superior in overall design than other ROMS available, at least in personal opinion, and the lack or addition of an app drawer wouldn't change my mind either way. No one is unhappy using MIUI, who still uses, and no one is so unhappy without an app drawer that they're crying themselves to sleep each night. OPTIONAL functionality doesn't affect anyway, and is effectively what is being asked for.
No one is pushing anything down your throats.
MIUI, Redefining Android: it's the title of the home page... the marvelous people behind this rom are making it quite clear that it's different... that single term redefining is powerful. They're letting you know that this is going to be a very different android experience. And, thankfully... it is!