You will have to make up your own mind about alkaline stops. I am merely stating a POV from that of a system engineer. Use of a stop should not cause reticulation with properly designed developers, fixes or photo materials. Specialty chemistry or photo materials are another matter though, as are individual work flows.
All I can suggest is that you run tests. TF-5 is mildly acidic and can be used with either a running water rinse or an acid stop. TF-4 is alkaline and can be used with the same post development solutions as TF-5. They were designed that way.