John, you imply that you find that using staining developers requires more effort than using a non-staining one. Would you like to amplify, if that is indeed what you meant?
Ernie, the only reason that I use a staining developer (Prescysol) is that I find the negatives produced with it easier to print, requiring less burning and dodging than with other developers. It certainly doesn't convert a mediocre picture into a work of art, or inject emotion into the print; that's got to be done in camera surely.