Well, it says "Nature Photography - technical and aesthetic issues" but I guess I should take that to mean a section where photos are posted "fishing for [compliments]" :-)
I posted this in another thread, but it might be relevant here as well. This is not a forum rule, just my observation on what seems to be a consensus:
There are three options when it comes to getting/avoiding criticism:
1. If someone wants a critique, there is a section for it (in The Art of Photography Forum)
2. If you specifically do not want it, but just want to display your work, there is a thread titled "Without Prejudice" in the same section
3. This forum is a bit ambiguous in that respect, as some posters would critique anyway, some would refrain, and some would ask for permission first (the last one refers to editing someone else's work).
Hence, Isaac, no, this thread is not meant for "fishing for compliments", or at least not only for that. If someone wants to use it so, that is ok too, although they can not count on, nor control (except by locking or deleting the whole trhead) if someone else posts a (negative) critique.
So, feel free to critique in this thread too, by all means. Just man up and use your own words for it, instead of hiding behind "degrub's" or behind slightly patronizing, "genuine curiosity" questions.