The "purloined letter" got circulate in late summer (although it was rumored in late June), when a lot of people were away, on vacation, maybe unplugged. "Real life" in remote mountains is healthful, right? Maybe "The Cat" needs a bell (or at least "another bug"). I was gone myself a bit, but managed to stay connected, But I missed this.
Although not part of "The Proposal", the idea that self-publishers should have insurance or post bond could come back. (It was floating around a bit in the fall of 2008/) It's required sometimes overseas, as in Singapore (see International Issues blog, June 4, 2013). Imagine, then, a world where only rich people speak. Oh, some will say, it's people with "responsibilities". Like the landowners in colonial America, who wanted voting rights to depend on property?