James, we have to pick and choose our battles. You are right it is important to note my decision to alter fingerings to suite myself. I don't wish to lead anyone astray.
I don't suggest anyone to bend the rules for themselves before they first adhere to them and I don't advise anyone to necessarily follow in my footsteps. It's just what I have decided to do.
At some point I decided fingering of either hand is not at all what I'm personally worried about.
I'm focused on playing well (correct notes and in time) and getting nice recordings and playing from memory. So, I allow myself slack and freedom when it comes to fingerings and sight reading. It's just not what I really care about at the moment.
Time will tell whether my approach will continue to work for me. All I can say is I'm happy when I give my fingers freedom and I'm sad when I don't.
I would not be surprised if at a certain level of playing fingering becomes more important. At this level, I think the main thing to make sure is that you are planting thumb, alternating your fingers well and doing rest strokes. Which finger to use first seems arbitrary and some of the fingerings do not make sense to my fingers so I allow them freedom. But, I am not an advanced player. There are large gaps in my knowledge, for sure. Also this freedom developed over time. I had to focus on my alternation in the beginning. The first pieces really teach alternation well.
The main thing is and always will be my sound
I hope my submissions will be accepted even though I sometimes do change the pieces