Digg have reintroduced the upcoming section of the site by adding a third tab at the top of the page. It just shows that if a bunch of obnoxious users who think they own the site cause chaos because someone changed a few simple things, they all get their own way..
Kevin Rose has stated recently that upcoming page views accounted for half a percent of the total, but now they’re making it a big focus point on the page due to this pressure put on them. They’ve been very quick in making the changes users have not so politely requested. Maybe now that the section is less hidden away than it was before, it will have a profound effect on page views. They’ll surely increase considerably, but maybe only at first. I think in the end if they really believe that it’s right to make a change, they shouldn’t just cave in so quickly.