Agree, although I must admit I'm inclined to go with an emulsion engineer's experiences with alkaline stops rather than making up my own mind

I'm typically suspicious of specialty materials like this that require special treatment. Luckily my workflow is with straight forward stuff 99% of the time. But I'm trying a few experiments with TD-3 so it's probably worth trying with both a water rinse and stop bath. For the record I have never experienced any kind of problem with stop bath (reticulation, pinholes etc), so if it indeed makes a difference in this case that would be a first for me.