Thanks Doremus, very reasonable thoughts.
One thing that C-41 taught me about myself/my work, is that "normal" development works well for me.
I have brought that thought back to my B&W work and found it works just fine for me there too. My development target is to get the general "snappiness" I want, especially across the mid-tones. I find almost without exception that I prefer the result when I burn and dodge versus applying plus or minus development to a film, or a change of paper grade.
I give up fitting a scene to the paper in exchange for contrast consistency. Just a different priority.