I concurr with you.
I run Debian stable with a sid chroot. I run stable with the one or two packages needing recent version (mainly spamassassin) running the chrooted version.
This stays completly painless to administer since you can upgrade stable and sid separatly, and sid cannot affect stable since it is chrooted. And with apt-listchanges, you know what you are up to when upgrading.
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