But ... I agree that the pressure to get curated pulled the fun out of writing. However, the reason everybody wants to get curated still remains: More eyeballs on our writing means more money. That is still the hitch. I think a better system would be to pay real money for really good content -- Like Better Humans. I get why that will never work on here, given the number of publication and that most of the work editors do is given as volunteer time/spare time.
I still want to get paid. I still want to get "distributed" by Medium. These haven't changed for me with the new concepts.