Here is a real life example of a great concept: great unpaved shortcuts in their glory.
The reality is that if there is a well-stomped shortcut somewhere, then it should definitely be paved. After all, it is well-stomped because many have taken it. And if many have taken a shortcut, this means that it is somewhat useful.
Why am I posting this on a SQL Server related blog?
Because this concept applies very well to technology and to SQL Server as well. Recently I had a short conversation (in the form of comments) about the unnecessary overhead of the non-clustered indexes included in the backups, and more specifically the lack of proper mechanism to skip backing up the non-clustered indexes in SQL Server.
Many would take this shortcut, however it is still not paved. (Who wants to get their shoes covered in mud, eh?!)
Pave the shortcuts!