I've already done that as a stop-gap measure. Also, I am using KDE, not Gnome. Does that make a difference?
Placing entries in /etc/fstab is not, however, a proper solution to this problem. I don't particularly want to have to add an entry in /etc/fstab every time I get a new USB stick especially given that there used to be a better way.
Way back when, vfat USB drives were automatically mounted with lowercase shortnames - my preference. Then someone decided that shortnames for vfat was not correct and so the default was changed to mixed. No big deal as one could configure it in HAL. Now things have changed again. It seems that DeviceKit is now responsible for mounting USB drives. Now it is a big deal. It's a big deal because it doesn't look like DeviceKit is configurable, at least not in this regard, and that is a big step backwards.
If this is indeed due to legal issues with Microsoft, well, it's not exactly endearing, is it?