I was just pointing out that there are needs for the higher frame rate. It's a big issue with a lot of people here, for various subjects. I'm satisfied with 8 on FX, I just don't want to go backward (as I keep saying).
These cameras are expensive and rapidly depreciating assets (except for the D700, which may need to last a lifetime). I think its tough to shell out that money to take a few steps forward and a few back.
I bought 5 cameras in rapid succession, between 2004 and 2009 or so. Each camera took me positively forward. I have not bought a camera for going on 4 years now, and I see nothing that will change that any time soon.
We all know and talk about the diminishing or negative growth of the DSLR market, and all the new tech now competing with it. And some of that tech (like phones and tablets) are totally outside of Nikon's market.
I say the above to suggest I don't think Nikon is looking at the problem correctly, if indeed they consider birders, for example, to be a niche market no longer worth catering to as they obviously did with the D300.
I don't think they have the luxury of ignoring markets like that. And arguably, now days, anybody that bothers with a DSLR is a niche market.