baked, its cool.
random, its a personal choice that you have to make. decide which risk you will take. that it will get hung or that you will have to tie a quick knot when you need it. if you can do a quick 8, then go for a clean line. personally i am leaving an 8 in the end, keeping the end inside the bag, making the loop part small enough that my hand wont fit and keeping my attention on what evil my rope is up to when i am not watching it.
"Yesterday I was clever and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try to change myself." -Rumi