Thanks Josh — I can confirm this is working for me.
Not a big deal in this case, but I do request that everybody follows our regular workflow. I understand that you have well thought through reasons for not doing so, but that doesn't scale: if everybody started doing their own thing, even with the best of technical justifications, we'd wind up confused and chaotic. (And Jonathan may have written the docs, but he doesn't get to issue exemptions.)
Also — no merge commit? I'm not sure if that's just an oversight or if it was another variation on our regular workflow. I do find them very useful for tracing which ticket a particular piece of work originated on.