A search on Google for the exact phrase “suggested best practice” turned up 9,230 hits, while “suggested best practices” turned up 30,300.
I wonder what the difference is between a suggested practice and a suggested best practice?
Is best a matter of suggestion? I don’t think so. What is lost by removing the word “best”? Like a bad hair piece, it just makes methodologists who use it look ridiculous.
Imagine if the Harvard webmaster removed the word “best” from this page: http://webmaster.harvard.edu/bestpractice Would it lose credibility? Or would it gain?