[For non-US readers: the beltway is the road encircling Washington D.C.]
As for the $50 comment, it was a mere jab at your prior soliloquy. It was a joke at your expense. Pun intended.
My objection to any single-person review is not a joke. Under no circumstances would I submit an image for such a thing. Regardless of who the ordained reviewer might be. You are of course free to pursue whatever you wish and see what materializes.... who knows, maybe some will like it. Will it represent APUG, though? No, it'll represent your opinion. Is it not clear why some object to that?
As I posted quite some time ago in this and other threads and brought up in chatroom discussions, there is a very nice, tidy democratic way to accomplish what most of us want. It involves simply putting a nomination button beside all threads, comments, blog posts, and most importantly gallery content.
People would simply click the button beside content they'd like to see in a journal or book. If particular content received a certain number of "votes" (ah, there's the democracy) from subscribers (hey, even ideal democracy costs money) then that content would be automatically piped to a rotating editorial panel and prepped for inclusion in an APUG journal with minimal amendment.
There you have it, a self-populating periodical publication.
My proposal interests several people but it would require a wee bit of coding and I am simply too busy to make it happen. I was hoping Sean could but he is also very busy, of course. Perhaps some other coders might share my vision and have more time...?