… because distro hopping is wasted time that gets in the way of just having a usable machine
Sure, depending on your backup/restore regime, it may not be a LOT of time, but for the most part, outside of learning purposes (you can just as easily do inside a VM without trashing your host OS)… it’s wasted time that you could be putting towards something actually productive.
If you’ve got a reason to hop, by all means, go for it.
But until you do, you’re just hopping from one set of (possibly much easier to solve on a “noob distro”) issues to another for the most part.
to clarify my stance. I recently hopped from Ubuntu to Fedora 29. There were reasons - by default has more recent kernel/etc. Also, its got more in common with CentOS, which is what i run servers on at work now. But it’s definitely a trade-off - making commercial software work with it is a little more work than ubuntu. But its the set of compromises I’ve made.
Neither option is perfect - and if you’re looking for “perfect”… you’ll be looking a LONG time.