Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose joined the chat.
LONG STORY SHORT:
They denied autoburies, claim that banned users deserve it and that the algorithm changes are for the best of the community.
We can take all that on faith. What we cannot accept is a lack of communication.
That is exactly why this blog started. We need a forum to address our concerns so they can answer them without having to go through mini-revolts.
The agreed and we are going to give them a month to set up this mode of communication.
Check out The Drill Down for an edited version of the conversation.
This does prove, however, that Kevin and Jay recognize the importance of the active users. Digg is about the community. Without us the site is nothing