Good list Bob. I have found that the individual threading within forums of specific techniques, good though they may be, to be lacking in overall comprehension for beginners. Like you, I have also made attempts at coalescing analog information – within articles on my own site, occasionally referenced in forum contributions. I would be thrilled to see a video of your practices to accompany the list, preferably before I feel compelled to make my own!
Although our circumstances and specifics differ (I love my footswitch ), I cannot agree more with your overall admonition that there is no such thing as a "perfect" print. Upon viewing an original Adams print many years ago, riddled with white specks left un-spotted, I was finally cured once and for all of the insanity of attempting to make a perfect print. I have never made a perfect print, but nothing less than the "p" word has ever been attributed to my work at any showing – viewers and grain sniffers alike. The classic analog process produces individual variation characteristic of an "artistic" endeavor. Perhaps, it is this fact alone which separates analog (uniquely, hand-made) from digital (machine-made) prints.