FWIW...one of the makers who had an particularly large influence on me esp. in my early years was Sam Luchesse--a third generation boot and shoemaker from a family of Italian shoemakers.
He once famously said "If you're going to fit them wrong, fit them long."
Fitting according to the stick length, when the heel to ball suggests a longer size would be more appropriate, will do more harm to the foot than vice versa, IOW.
In other words, he agrees with me.
But meh, you still probably won't agree with me despite of what S.Luchesse said, only because of your philosophical stance on the perfect fit. RTW fit is a compromise.