I agree with Trevor regarding film.

I was using Barry Thornton's Alkaline fix with his developers, then with PMK. The arrival of my Jobo coincided with me running out of the fixer. I did try Ole's alkaline fix listed here on APUG, but the clearing time was ages, so I swapped to Ilford Hypam and have seen no visual reduction in staining. Incidentally I use 1:4, then dilute this 1:1 with water. Makes it more economical as one shot with the Jobo. The choice of Hypam was simple - I had some in the garage!

Thus to the photographer on the street, the staining developers work well with more commonly available fixers.