I admit I am obsessing way too much about this. I spend $10 almost every time I take a friend to Starbucks. But 12 million meat seems like a very precious amount that must not be squandered lightly. I think Jick et. al. may have the key to Fronobulax's Jar of Psychoses.
My never ascending character will fight a faxed warbear high ranking officer daily because it is amusing, usually generates three whosits (which can be spent via bot) and in the absence of any personal research to prove the contrary, may drop a requisition box. But sometimes the bear wins. I infer from other threads that the ecosystem of SS, BB and WHAM, when presented with the data from a Manual equipped character will do a better job against high ranking officers than when the Manual data is absent.
No matter what the answer is, am I being less than rational by not buying a manual for this character, as well as every other character I run using a high degree of automation?