Hi Andy, thank you for being cool about this
I am posting this reply to your question in the thread in case it might help others along the way.
"Just so I'm absolutely straight, am I not allowed to post any more to this thread - forever ...unless someone asks me to do so?"
The short answer is no.
What you have started is a thread where you invite others to join in and post images of the same nature. we have dozens of such threads, and the rules change a bit here, but not all of them.
The rule that still applies is the number of images that you post together, or in a row. Still 2 uploaded, or max 8 embedded. (although it is customary to post one image at a time in threads like this)
What changes is that you can post replies with more images. BUT, again, as the intent of the thread is to invite other to participate, the one does not post a reply to themselves with additional images, but instead wait for others to join in before adding more posts with more images.
I apologize if this seems a little arbitrary, and certainly we don't police or catch every thread with a few extra images here or there. We do however notice and take action when it appears that a thread has become a personal galley space for one member.
It may help to take a look at any of a number of "share you ----" threads and see how the pace tends to work. They can be found in nearly all of the image sharing forums, as well is in gear forums (post your D-800 images etc.)
thanks again, and sorry to interrupt your thread!