"When users tried to Extrude or Revolve while in a completely plan view, they did could not tell what to select."
good grief. where was the sanity check?
I can't tell what to select when the view I'm looking at whizzes away and I'm left looking at the whole sketch.
Try working with big sketches. One point is that you have to exit the sketch every time you save so this "helpful" change means
1. exit sketch
3. edit sketch
4. press F5 to restore previous view
5. carry on working on sketch