Note that naked short is actually mathematically equivalent to (naked) long only with a minus sign. For example: every publicly traded company is naked short it's own stock from the day it goes public (collecting a huge heap of cash in exchange for selling the stock). Another example: Everybody owning stock (or anything really) is also short cash (unless they borrow money to buy it). So all people long [insert company name here] are short [insert currency here] i.e. they will profit when [currency] drops wrt to [stock]. Those unpatriotic bastards!
So if they reinstate the uptick rule for short selling, shouldn't they add a downtick rule for margin buying? :)