The Mods deserve a thank you.
Whether you believe the new progression update is enough or not, the mods deserve some recognition for allowing the subreddit to be able voice it's concerns throughout this ordeal. I've been in other subreddits where modes stifled valid discussion and concerns and it lead to a lot of distrust between the community and the moderators due to the restrictions. The mods also could have just simply made a mega thread where a lot of voices would have been lost in one place. It would have been easy for a dev to dismiss the criticism in that case if all the opinions were in one thread that can be avoided. Perhaps things did get a bit out of control here, but overall I think the mods did a great job being flexible the last month and letting the community decide what hits the first page and with that they deserve a thank you.