NB23 I do agree that voodooism and myths should be given no quarter. Proven processes are very important for anyone that has specific expectations of a given shot as a given print.

Many people don't think that far ahead though, many others are just gathering raw materials with the negatives, they aren't wrong in their methods.

I don't view darkroom work as needing to follow lots of rules (except the rules of physics), improvisation with a goal and some experience can be very worthwhile anywhere in the process.